The US Federal Highway Administration’s Strategic Highway Research Program’s (SHRP 2) National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training Program (L12) offers a set of practices and standards to help incident responders — including police, firefighters, DOTs, vehicle towers, medical personnel, and other emergency responders — work together more efficiently to clear crashes faster and safer.
The goal of the training is to reduce road closure times and improve the safety of motorists and responders.
A recent incident shows the effectiveness of TIM training in Colorado, where more than 4,970 responders have been trained by 231 trainers across the state.
Just before noon on Wednesday, May 31, a fuel tanker carrying 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and eight different oils blew a tire crashed on Interstate 25 in Colorado and caught fire. The TIM training was put into action.
After two Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) employees rescued the driver and put him in a nearby ambulance, the well-coordinated work of local police, firefighters, hazmat specialists, county deputies and the CDOT cleared the roadway and began repair.
The damaged roadway was repaved and all lanes were reopened before the following morning’s rush hour.
Coverage of the event noted that responders from different agencies were able to more effectively work together thanks to the SHRP2 TIM training.