TIM is one of several current FDOT District Four Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) programs designed to assist the TMC and enhance incident management activities throughout the District. The TIM protocol brings together various agencies responsible for responding to incidents. They address issues that arise from the diverse institutional functions and individual goals of each agency. The multi-agency TIM partners meet bimonthly in Broward County, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast (Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties) to provide, discuss and improve operational services related to incident management.
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Mission : Provide efficient, coordinated, and consistent traffic incident management across the state that will improve the safety and reliability of the transportation network.
Vision: Develop an institutionally integrated, fully cooperative association of all public agency and private industry traffic incident management stakeholders to improve the safety and reliability of the Florida Transportation system and maintain Florida's status as a national leader in TIM programs.
Defining communication protocols is one of the major issues faced by incident management teams; communication with each other on the scene, communication from the scene to the TMC, the media, and other interested parties, and communication to the public.
Incident clearance is the process of removing wreckage, debris, or any other element that disrupts the normal flow of traffic or forces lane closures, and restoring the roadway capacity to its pre-incident condition. At times, this may also include temporary or permanent repair to the infrastructure.
The uniform training of all incident responders is essential to meeting overall incident management goals. All responders to traffic incidents must be trained in open roads policies, traffic control, quick clearance techniques, and unified incident command.
Incident verification entails confirming that an incident has occurred, determining its exact location, and obtaining as many relevant details about the incident as possible in order to dispatch the proper initial response. Incident verification is generally complete with the arrival of the first responders on the scene.
Incident response includes dispatching the appropriate personnel and equipment, and activating the appropriate communication links and motorist information media as soon as there is reasonable certainty that an incident has occurred.
Traffic incident management (TIM) is one of several successful proactive programs designed to assist our regional Transportation Management Center (TMC) with incident management and surface transportation–related activities throughout South Florida . District Four serves I-595 (monitored and maintained by I-595 Express, LLC) in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Saint Lucie, and Indian River counties.
Mission : Develop recommendations that will provide a safe, efficient, and appropriate multiagency RESPONSE to traffic incidents through timely and accurate DETECTION AND VERIFICATION.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), traffic incident management is the planned and coordinated program process to detect, respond to, and remove traffic incidents, restoring traffic capacity as safely and quickly as possible. This coordinated process involves a number of public and private sector partners, including the following agencies and services:
- Law enforcement
- Emergency management
- Fire and rescue
- Towing and recovery
- Emergency medical services
- Hazardous materials contractors
- Traffic information media
- Public safety communications