Auburn Fire Chief Stephen Coleman recently presented Traffic Incident Management to 174 recruits at the Massachusetts State Police Academy.
Coleman represents the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts as a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) instructor. Each class is taught jointly with a state trooper, a fire official, a Mass DOT safety manager and a representative of the towing association. This “Team Teaching” approach demonstrates the importance of all of the various agencies working together.
The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) course is a program created by the Federal Highway Safety Administration. It was introduced in Massachusetts within this past year The Mass DOT has taken the lead in the coordination of the program in order to promote the quick clearance of motor vehicle accidents and other emergency incidents. The training provides for better coordination and communication between all of the responders including police, fire, EMS, DOT, DEP and the tow companies.
TIM trains responders on the safest positioning of police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, etc. in order to reduce the possibility of a “struck by” incident or a secondary crash. Approximately 80 police officers, firefighters and tow operators are struck and killed annually on the roadway by drunk, drugged or distracted drivers.
The TIM’s program brings awareness to the multiple hazards that emergency responders face on our highways, and promotes a unified command approach from all disciplines to quickly and efficiently resolve the emergency.