To help regional organizations enhance the delivery of traffic incident management services and products for the purpose of improving responder safety, clearing crashes from the roadway as quickly and safely as possible, and improving the availability and reliability of interoperable incident communications.
To accomplish this mission, SPC facilitates a dialogue between leadership and practitioners of the following disciplines:
Crash & homicide investigators
Emergency medical services (EMS)
Fire & rescue
Hazardous material handlers
Towing and recovery
Traffic management centers
By bringing these disciplines together on a regular basis, improvements in interagency traffic incident management will be achieved due to better collaboration, cooperation, coordination and communication. SPC uses the National Unified Goal (NUG) for Traffic Incident Management, which provides 18 cross-cutting strategies that can be used to implement the steering committee mission, as a source for guiding principles.
Links of Interest to the Steering Committee and the Local TIM Teams on the most current TIM discussions can be found by visiting the TIM Network websites and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. The TIM Network is a component of the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition aimed at enabling collaboration for TIM professionals and practitioners.
This TIM team focuses on major roadways in Allegheny County in the area generally between I-79 and the Beaver County line, including I-376, Business 376, SR 60, and US 22.
Indiana County TIM
This TIM team focuses on major roadways such as US 22, US 422, and US 119 and also tackles issues unique to incident response in rural areas.
Pittsburgh TIM Team
This TIM team focuses on incidents that impact travel in the urban core of the region, including major roadways like I-279, I-376, I-579, SR 28, SR 65, and key bridges and tunnels like the Liberty Bridge & Tunnel, Fort Duquesne Bridge, Fort Pitt Bridge & Tunnel, Veterans Bridge, Squirrel Hill Tunnel, and Armstrong Tunnel.
I-70/I-79 Local TIM Team
This TIM team is centered on Washington, PA and the overlapping aea of interstates 70 & 79 between the North and South Junction interchanges.
* As such, comparing your score on this year’s TIM SA to last year’s is a bit challenging. There are several things to keep in mind:
1) In previous years, the lowest score for any question was 0. Starting with the 2015 TIM SA, the lowest score is 1. If you previously scored a lot of questions 0, your section and/or overall score may go up simply as a function of making 0 scores 1.
2) This year we provided more specific scoring criteria for each question in the TIM SA. Therefore, your score may decrease for a specific question as you match your location’s current practice to the specific scoring criteria. Over time, this will greatly reduce the level of subjectivity in the TIM SA and should provide a more clear benchmark year over year.
3) A number of questions were added this year to the Strategic section and as such, the weighting of the questions/scores in that section have changed. This could also impact your score this year in a way that more reflects the scoring protocol change than a change in your location’s TIM program performance.
If you have any questions, or to schedule or register for training, please contact Josh Spano at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 391-5590 x362.
Facilitation of four After Action Review Meetings where TIM teams get together to review the management of a specific incident and determine areas for improvement
Coordination of six local TIM meetings.
Coordination of the National SHRP II TIM Responder Training for over 70 participants
Co-sponsored a TIM “Train the Trainer” session
Co-sponsored and presented at the 2016 Pennsylvania TIM Summit in Harrisburg, PA
Developed a TIM funding primer and newsletter for first responders
In collaboration with PennDOT, SPC sponsored the National SHRPII Traffic Incident Management Responder Training for over 70 professionals from PennDOT, Western Traffic Management Center, and Port Authority of Allegheny County. The participants learned the fundamentals of TIM, safe vehicle positioning, scene safety and traffic management.
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