Traffic Incident Management
Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol. And Today’s Tip deals with managing a highway traffic collision.
Working crashes on the highway requires all of the personnel from the various agencies to communicate with each other and manage the incident with everyone working from the same playbook.
Today’s highways have become a very dangerous place for everyone in public safety to have to work.
Distracted driving, excessive speed and impaired drivers all put us at risk today more than ever.
A collision on the highway doesn’t just involve the response of one law enforcement officer or one firefighter. It may involve several folks from several agencies. There may be a fire and EMS response. There may be an ambulance response. There may be a tow truck response. Working crashes on the highway requires all of the personnel from the various agencies to communicate with each other and manage the incident with everyone working from the same playbook.
Across the country training has been offered through a program funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) on how public safety agencies can work together and better manage highway incidents. It’s called Traffic Incident Management (TIM).
This training program covers everything from setting up protective zones, to when to return traffic to normal flow patterns and everything in between.
These courses are being offered across the country in Police Departments, Sheriff Offices, Fire Departments and other related agencies.
Be sure to watch for one of these classes in your area and take the time to attend this important training. We all need to work together at accident scenes.
And that is Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Gordon Graham signing off.