Traffic Incident Management is a high risk business and Towers are struck and killed by dangerous drivers at a higher rate than police, firefighters, emergency medical services and other responders. On average 40-60 per year, approximately 1 per week. Their names are memorialized on the Wall of the Fallen at the International Towing & Recovery Museum in Chattanooga, TN.
FHWA’s Office of Operations, Traffic Incident and Events Management Team in partnership with the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) and other partner associations seek to further expand TIM training into the towing and recovery community. FHWA works with practitioners as well as with State, regional, and local jurisdictions to build their professional capacity, enhance multi-disciplinary relationships, and provide tools that educate professionals and the public in how to address traffic incidents safely and quickly. As of April 2017, FHWA’s TIM program continues to focus on professional capacity building. To date, over 250,000 TIM professionals have received National TIM Responder Training.
FHWA has been successful at the national level in bringing together key associations representing stakeholder groups. Since 2012, the Executive Leadership Group has met twice a year, and now includes more than ten organizations, representing Towing and Recovery Association of America, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Association of State EMS Officials, AASHTO and others.
- Identify benefits, challenges, success stories and lessons learned from over four years of deployment
- Share latest curriculum update and roll-out plan as well as implementation beyond 2017
- Discuss state best practices, legislation and agreements
- Discuss options for taking the TIM training through web-based learning at Respondersafety.com and the National Highway Institute (NHI)
- Discuss and share National TIM Training Point-of-Contacts List
Source Organization Location
Role in Organization
- Associate Engineer
- CEO / GM / Commissioner
- Director / Program Manager
- Emergency Manager
- Maintenance Staff
- Manager / First Line Supervisor
- Media / PIO
- Principal Engineer
- Public Safety Officer
- Senior Engineer
- Senior Manager
- Transit Professional
- Transportation Planner