Traffic Incident Management: Incident Command & Management

Credit Hours: 1
Approximate reading time: 0.5 Hours
Approximate online time: 0.5 Hours

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Program Abstract
This module discusses the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) to manage the response to a roadway incident, both in the context of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Team and in the context of implementation at the incident scene. This module does not teach the incident command system; that is done well elsewhere (see the Resources page for links). This module provides guidance on what TIM Teams should consider when making policy and procedure decisions about how the Incident Command System is implemented at temporary traffic control zones. The module also discusses key issues in implementing ICS policy and procedures on the ground at a roadway incident scene given the particularities of that environment. The module provides guidance and tools for leaders to take the first steps in re-thinking how incident command functions at a roadway emergency response and implementing a smoother, clearer, better functioning IC system at the scene. Finally, the module helps “boots on the ground” responders understand their role in the incident command system.

This module assumes a working knowledge of the ICS/NIMS. If you do not have this foundational knowledge, it is recommended that you review the material provided through the links on the Resources page of this module.

This module also assumes a basic understanding of TIM Teams. To learn more about TIM Teams, please first take the module “National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management.”

This module is open to anyone but learners may find that some of the material is more oriented toward the leadership/command level, as it discusses interagency-cooperation and coordinated TIM planning for incident response under the ICS.

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Respondersafety.com and The Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) are a project of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI), a Committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. The RSLN is an online training network delivering critical safety training for roadway incident responders. All training is free and delivered 24/7/365 on demand. The self-paced modules include critical components of roadway operations safety in an emergency situation, including: Advance Warning, Blocking, High Visibility, Traffic Control, Public Outreach, Incident Command, and more. Register online to get started.