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Oregon's Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program


Program Objectives

  • Improved Responder Safety
  • Quick Incident Clearance
  • Improved Motorist Safety

Safe, Coordinated, Collaborative and Efficient; TIM in Oregon

TIM… the activity – Effective TIM is vital to the operation of modern highway systems. TIM involves:state-flag2.jpg

  • Detection of highway incidents
  • Verification of highway incidents
  • Timely response to the incidents
  • Efficient Clearance of the incidents
  • Restoration of traffic flow to its pre-incident state
  • Timely and accurate information delivered to the traveling public through a variety of communication tools. 

Truly effective performance of TIM has increased in complexity, most often requiring a well-planned, coordinated, multi-disciplinary response.

TIM… the public safety discipline - As a public safety discipline TIM builds its foundation on effective interagency collaboration, understanding and cooperation. Well-conceived TIM strategies and policies proactively engage;

  • Law enforcement
  • Fire
  • Transportation
  • Emergency medical services
  • Towing
  • Public works
  • Haz-mat disciplines

By working towards an enhanced level of interagency coordination, collaboration and communication all response agencies who engage in Traffic Incident Management activities can leverage their collective resources, using these to advance the National Unified Goal (NUG)¹ for TIM;

  • Responder Safety,
  • Safe, Quick Clearance,
  • Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications

¹ The National Unified Goal. Developed through a consensus process by representatives of the major national organizations representing traffic incident responders, the NUG consists of 3 major goals and 18 strategies for achieving those goals. In 2011 ODOT employed the NUG in development of their Statewide TIM Strategic Plan.

Why TIM is Important to Us All?

For public safety responders and support teams responding to highway incidents…, the risk of injury or death is constant. According to the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) traffic crashes and “struck-by” incidents continue to be a leading cause of on-duty injuries and deaths for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, and towing and recovery professionals. Along with state DOT professionals, these “heroes of the highway” risk their personal safety to provide necessary services to the citizens of Oregon. Safe, quick clearance of highway incidents reduces the exposure for all. ​​
The U.S. Department of Transportation has characterized traffic congestion as "one of the single largest threats" to the Nation's economic prosperity and way of life. Traffic incidents are a large contributing factor to congestion in the U.S. NTIMC studies indicate that traffic incidents are the cause of about one quarter of the congestion on U.S. roadways, and that for every minute a freeway lane is blocked due to an incident, it results in 4 minutes of travel delay. Travel delay impacts system reliability, impacting commerce, impacting, on varying levels, the livability of the communities we call home.
Saving lives, time and money, is a shared priority amongst local, state and federal partners. ODOT continues working closely with these partners to build and promote a robust TIM program throughout the state. We are making use of and creating opportunities to increase our interaction, outreach and awareness regarding TIM program elements.

Together Oregon’s responder community can shape the next generation of Traffic Incident Management, improve the on-scene safety of our first responders and increase the “livability” of our communities. Encourage your agency and community members to learn about Oregon’s TIM program, and promote safe, quick clearance of roadway incidents.

To Respond Effectively as a Team… We Need to Train as a Team – TIM Responder Training Comes to Oregon

Federally Developed, Nationally Distributed

Oregon’s TIM Responder Training Implementation Committee first met in May of 2013. Early on, one of the committee’s primary responsibilities was to identify a cadre of cross-disciplined trainers to begin the delivery of TIM Responder Training in Oregon. With representatives from each of Oregon’s TIM disciplines, the committee identified 65 participants from various response disciplines who would receive Federal Highway’s TIM Responder Train the Trainer curriculum. To date, Oregon has hosted two TIM Responder Train the Trainer sessions, November 2013 and April 2014. Oregon is now aligned with the more than 45 participating states and 70,000+ trained responders nationwide.

Immediately after the Train the Trainer sessions this cadre of cross-disciplined trainers began to deliver TIM Responder Training throughout the state. Through November 2014 these trainers have delivered the TIM Responder Training to over 1,300 of Oregon’s responders!

We are actively scheduling classes now

The TIM Responder training program can be delivered in its entirety or through selected modules.
Full version –
Includes Unit 1 through Unit 9 (see descriptions below) full lessons plus Tabletop and Situational Awareness activities. 10 hours total training time
Modified Version – (suggested)
Includes shortened version of Unit 1 through Unit 9 lessons (see descriptions below) plus Tabletop and Situational Awareness activities. Minimum of 4-hours total training time.
“Drill Night”, “Roll-Call”, “OSHA-Type Safety Meeting”  Version – Any combination of Lessons                 
 (minimum 2 hours)
Lesson Numbers
  1. Statistics: Crash Stats, Struck-Bys, Line-of-Duty Deaths
  2. Incident Scene Terminology, MUTCD, Laws & Standards
  3. Notification, Response, Arrival, Scene Size-Up, Incident Duration Categories
  4. Vehicle Safe Positioning, Move It, Work It, Lane +1 Positioning, Zero Buffer
  5. Scene Safety, Chevrons, Light Shedding, Hi-Vis Apparel,
  6. Command Responsibilities, ICS Organization, Command Post, Staging
  7. Traffic Management, Advance Warning, Cones, Flares, Deployable Sign
  8. Special TIM Situations, Fire, Hybrid & Electric Plug-Ins, HazMat, Medical Helicopters, Evidence, Fatality Incidents
  9. Clearance Strategies, Tow & Recovery Operations, Push-Pull-Drag, Cargo Removal, Incident Termination Activities

Activity A. - Hands-On Tabletop Activity and TIM Scenario Exercises
Activity B. - Situational Awareness Activity, Exiting Responder Vehicles, Establishing Cone or Flare Taper, Arrow board & Changeable Message Sign Ops

Across the nation the training has been well received by DOT staff, Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue agencies, Towing and Recovery professionals, Transportation Operations Center and 911 dispatchers, EMS professionals, elected officials and many others. The customizable delivery enhances the usefulness of the program in settings as formal as training academies or as informal as a rural fire department’s drill night. Oregon’s trainers will deliver the training in pairs or trios representing different disciplines, providing a diverse and collaborative perspective to each class that is taught.
We thank all of the members of the Statewide Implementation Committee for their commitment to date, ongoing collaborative effort will continue to yield mutual benefits.

Statewide TIM Responder Training Implementation Committee Membership

  • Department of Public Safety Standards Training
  • Oregon State Police
  • Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Metro West Ambulance
  • Oregon Tow Truck Association
  • McMinnville Police Department
  • Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • American Medical Response Portland
  • Oregon State Sheriffs Association
  • Oregon State Ambulance Association
  • Office of State Fire Marshal
  • Portland Fire & Rescue
  • Oregon Fire Chiefs Assocation
Other agencies have expressed interest and have been able to attend meetings on occasion. 

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