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Region 1 Incident Response

Region 1 Incident Response (IR), formerly known as Comet Driver with laptop Corridor Management Teams (COMET), consist of vehicles that regularly patrol major travel routes in the Portland area to keep them free from major obstructions, to provide emergency motorist assistance, and to improve on-scene incident management. Each IR vehicle is equipped with automatic vehicle location (AVL) that allows ODOT personnel to determine its proximity to any current incident, a laptop computer, cellular and radio communication capabilities, and on-board variable message signs.
The goals of the IR program are incident prevention, motorist assistance and improved on-scene incident management. Incident prevention involves removing obstacles to the traveling public, such as roadway debris and abandoned vehicles. Motorist assistance is a short-term fix that removes a disabled or stalled vehicle from the flow of traffic, such as providing a gallon of gas, changing a tire, or pushing it out of a travel lane. IR vehicles can provide better on-scene incident management by coordinating with other responding agencies. 
Corridor Management Teams (COMET) In 2006, Region 1's IR crews responded to 12,700 incidents, accounting for approximately 67% of all incidents in the area.  The average incident duration with the assistance of IR crews was 30 minutes. 

  1. 1999 Oregon EMS Awards Nomination
  2. Bertini, R.L., Rose, M.W., and El-Geneidy, A.M.  Using Archived Data to Measure Operational Benefits of ITS Investments: Region 1 Incident Response Program. Portland, OR. June 2004.