Traffic Incident Management of the Florida Department of Transportation

Training Resources

Training Resources

National Traffic Incident Management Responder

Training for safer, faster, stronger, more integrated incident response.

Three injury crashes occur every minute in the United States, putting nearly 39,000 incident responders potentially in harm’s way every day. Congestion from these incidents often generates secondary crashes, further increasing traveler delay and frustration. The longer incident responders remain at the scene, the greater the risk they, and the traveling public face. A cadre of well-trained responders helps improve traffic incident response. Better incident response improves the safety of responders and drivers, reduces crashes that occur because of incident-related congestion, decreases traffic delays caused by incidents, and can cut incident response time.

The National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training was created by responders for responders. This course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders from all TIM responder disciplines will learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively.

This training covers many TIM recommended procedures and techniques, including:

  • TIM Fundamentals and Terminology
  • Notification and Scene Size-Up
  • Safe Vehicle Positioning
  • Scene Safety
  • Command Responsibilities
  • Traffic Management
  • Special Circumstances
  • Clearance and Termination

This training was developed, and is being brought to you by the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2)
Select the link below to view detailed information on the course via the NHI Web site:

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MOT for Incident Responders


Another training course offered by the Department is Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) for Incident Responders. This course was developed for the Department by the University of South Florida’s - Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). This classroom based course has been converted into a computer based training (CBT) course. The classroom based course is periodically offered at the District level and is taught by members of the Department of Transportation. Please note that this training was developed for emergency responders and others that do not need the standard MOT training.



Florida’s Open Roads Policy


This agreement establishes a policy for Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) personnel to expedite the removal of vehicles, cargo, and debris from roadways on the State Highway System to restore, in an URGENT MANNER the safe and orderly flow of traffic following a motor vehicle crash or incident on Florida’s roadways.



Mitigation of Accidental Discharges of Motor Vehicle Fluids


The operation of any motor vehicle or commercial vehicles requires an array of fluids such as oil, gas or diesel fuel, grease, antifreeze and other fluids. In crashes many times, these fluids are released. The Mitigation of Accidental Discharges of Motor Vehicle Fluids guidelines were developed to provide responders with information regarding the clean-up of these fluids.



The Many HATS of Highway Incident Management


The Many Hats of Highway Incident Management The Many HATS of Highway Incident Management video is an excellent training tool, as it outlines many of the experiences that we have encountered. This view of the incident management process reminds us all to focus on our assigned roles during the incident.



Your Vest Won’t Stop This Bullet


Your Vest Wont Stop This Bullet This video is a key reminder of the consequences that can occur to anyone working along the highways whether it’s a traffic stop, motorist assistance or emergency medical aid. Please remember that officers, highway workers and other emergency personnel are injured almost every day while working on or near the roadways.




Manage to Survive - TIM for First Responders


Manage to Survive This video captures the essence of collaboration and communication among “first responders” and uses the National Unified Goal or NUG for Traffic Incident Management as the foundation for improving the safety of Responders.


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