SHRP2 | FDOT District 2 Traffic Incident Management

TIM Training Progress

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As of June 27, 2016 the National TIM training numbers are:

National Training Numbers

The breakdown can be seen in the TIM Training Status Update.

If anyone is interested in the SHRP 2 Incident Management Training Course please contact Craig Carnes at ccarnes@metriceng.com. He will work with any agencies’ schedules, including nights and weekends to make the training course available. The training is free to agencies and are conducted with a minimum group size of ten students.

SHRP2 Milestones

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The May Issue of SHRP2 Milestones focused on Transportation Projects Powered by SHRP2.  How has the program been integrated into higher education?  Can it be integrated?  The University of Idaho took up the challenge by applying for a grant and chose to include the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training into their curriculum. Take a look at page 6 and how Dr. Chang is combining TIM with his traffic operations and public transportation courses.

SHRP2 Milestones Issue 4

SHRP2 TIM Training in Virginia

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VDOT SHRP2

Virginia State Police created a video describing their use of the SHRP2 Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training.

Video Link:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgDF7fo-hco

Spotlight: Good MOT

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The National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Program, SHRP 2 Lesson 4:  Safe Vehicle Position emphasizes that vehicle positioning is a critical element to protecting both emergency responders and motorists.  Below are images of Good MOT provided by the District Two Road Rangers.

Crash @ I10WB ramp to I295 SB

State Road 206

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SHRP2 Milestones

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National Trainings

According to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

The end goal for the National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Program (L12/ L32A/L32B) is to train all 1 million emergency responders in the United States over the next decade.  Read more

District 2 Trainings

Year Train The Trainer Responder Training Total
2013 62 44 106
2014 0 93 93
2015 15 151 166
Total  77 288  365

 

New Trainers Certified

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SHRP2 TtTIn order for incident responders to meet the challenges of working together and effectively working a traffic  incident scene, they must be trained in the core competencies of traffic incident management.  On October 26, 2015 fifteen (15) new trainers became certified to provide the 4-hour SHRP2 Responder Course.

The SHRP2 TIM Responder Train-the-Trainer Course is intended to provide course participants the knowledge and materials necessary to conduct TIM training for TIM responders.  The program includes classroom training and hands-on/outdoor activities. Once trainers have completed the course, they will have the ability and flexibility to train others.

JSO Trained in SHRP2 and RISC

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JSO SHRP2 TrainingJacksonville (Duval County) is the largest land size and growing metropolitan area in the state of Florida.  It is also a gateway for travelers heading, north, south and west.  Combining these factors with local commuting traffic and on-going construction projects results in traffic congestion and inadvertent crashes.  Addressing these crashes requires the teamwork of multiple agencies to manage the incident.  These occurrences and the efforts demonstrated epitomize the objectives of the SHRP2 program.

A dedicated class for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) was conducted on October 7, 2015. Twenty-nine (29) attendees completed the course.  Additional incident responders were invited to participate including Fire, EMS, FDOT, Towing, and Traffic Management Professionals. This training additionally included a session on Rapid Incident Scene Clearance (RISC).  JSO will be partnering with Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to assist in activing RISC at appropriate times.

RISC is an initiative that contracts towing companies to provide quick, safe clearance of large vehicle crashes, such as tractor trailers, box trucks, and boats that are overturned or damaged to the point where the vehicle cannot be towed by a smaller tow truck on the interstate. As part of the RISC contract, the towing company must respond with two heavy tow trucks, one of which must be a rotator, plus a support vehicle. The contractor must be at the scene within 60 minutes of notification and clear all travel lanes within 90 minutes of receiving a notice to proceed.

 

Road Rangers getting SHRP2 Trained

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Road Rangers provide basic Maintenance of Traffic at accident scenes until FDOT Maintenance or their contractor arrive on scene to deploy full Maintenance of Traffic. By assisting at accident scenes, providing real-time information to the TMC and assisting with Roadway Clearance, the Road Rangers play a key role in Incident Management for the Florida Department of Transportation and the TIM Teams.

The Florida Department of Transportation, District 2 began providing the SHRP2 Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training to their Road Rangers in January.  The training was turned into a computer-based abbreviated version concentrating on scene safety and Maintenance of Traffic aspects of their job.

Rapid Incident Scene Clearance (RISC)

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Rapid Incident Scene Clearance (RISC) is a highly innovative program that supports Florida’s Open Roads Policy goal of safely clearing major highway incidents and truck crashes in 90 minutes or less. This is an incentive-based program that requires specialized equipment and trained operators to quickly remove wreckage from the roadway, where major crashes close most lanes or causes significant travel delays.

The RISC Contractor has the responsibility to respond to the incident within 60 minutes of the activation request. Once on scene and provided a Notice to Proceed by the lead official on scene, the vendor will have 90 minutes to open the travel lanes for traffic. If the proper equipment arrives on scene within 60 minutes and the tower clears the travel lanes within 90 minutes, they are eligible for the bonus as outlined in the contract.

RISC Incident Timelime

RISC Incident Timeline

 

RISC is typically activated for incidents involving:

  • Tractor-trailer combinations
  • Trucks over 16,000 pounds
  • Motor homes and motor coaches
  • Busses capable of carrying 16 or more passengers
  • Aircraft
  • Large yacht-type boats and mobile homes

In addition, any complex or extended incident where vehicles cannot be easily towed from the scene, or are creating a hazard to traffic, may be candidates for using the RISC vendor.

Many times during major commercial vehicle crashes, trailers loaded with cargo are damaged and spill their loads onto the highway or adjacent areas. The RISC contract requires the vendor to have specified extra equipment on hand or available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to respond to the these major incidents. The tower can receive an extra incentive for the staging and/or use of this extra equipment in the incident clearance process.

District Two RISC Contractor(s):

  • Walt’s Wrecker Service, LLC

– Modified from 2013/2014 RISC Annual Report

Arterial Safe Tow Program

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Two Incident Management Program, under the SunGuide® Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Program, had a desire to promote the “Open Roads Policy” and provide vehicle removal services to motorists impeding traffic on arterial facilities. The Arterial Safe Tow Program will help travel time reliability, improve safety and reduce congestion.

An Arterial Safe Tow Vendor can operate on all State Roads in Duval and Clay Counties. Primary days of operation are Monday through Friday due to the Program being utilized only for travel lane blocking events that are impeding traffic on State Roads.  Anticipated hours of operations are 24/7/365 at the discretion of Law Enforcement.

SafeTowTo call for an Arterial Safe Tow the Law Enforcement Agency must make sure that several criteria items are met.

  • The event must be on a major state road (while not limited to but includes roads such as Normandy Blvd., Beach Blvd. , Blanding Blvd., Roosevelt Blvd. , Phillips Hwy, Atlantic Blvd., and SR A1A).
  • During the morning rush the obstruction must affect incoming traffic and in the evening the obstruction must be affecting outbound traffic.
  • The event must be blocking a travel lane and is either causing severe congestion or will lead to severe congestion building if it happens approaching a rush hour period.

The Department, Traffic Management Center (TMC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) and Service Operators maintain communication while monitoring the procedures to ensure quick clearance to maximize Program benefits. The Law Enforcement Agency contacts the TMC with the request. If criteria is met and the tow is approved the TMC Operator contacts the tow vendor to remove the vehicle. The vendor has 20 minutes to arrive and moves the vehicle(s) involved to the next safe location available. The Vendor notifies the TMC when this is complete and the TMC notifies the Law Enforcement Agency of the location where the vehicle(s) were relocated. Information is documented and provided to all agencies involved for tracking purposes.

The Arterial Safe Tow Program launched with heavy use, however its use has dropped to about once a month. Agency turnover, knowledge of its availability, complete understanding of the program and process are some of the discussed items as to why the use of the Program has decreased. The benefit is clear and FDOT has been making an effort to revitalize the Program.

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