Information Bulletin Number 0811258


USFA and DOT Complete Study of
Traffic Incident Management Systems
EMMITSBURG, MD. – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT)
Federal Highway Administration, working in partnership with the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA),
have developed a report that provides technical guidance and training programs in traffic incident management
for fire and emergency service providers. The report, Traffic Incident Management Systems (PDF, 10.5 Mb) (http://
www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tims_0408.pdf ), contains guidance for local-level fire departments on compliance
with the DOT's Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the National Fire Service Incident Management
System (IMS) Consortium's Model Procedures Guide for Highway Incidents.
“Too many firefighters and other emergency responders have been killed on duty from being struck by vehicles. Implementing
an effective traffic incident management system could reduce this number,” said U.S. Fire Administrator Greg
Cade. “The USFA was pleased to work with the DOT and IFSTA to enhance their safety while working on the roadway.”
This project included research into emergency services implementation of TIMS and the IMS Consortium Guide, examining
such technologies and practices as effective distance for placement of roadway warning signs; correct amount and
type of emergency vehicle warning lighting (e.g., intensity, color, etc.); and training, placement, and protective equipment
for “flaggers”.
“We're committed to protecting the lives of firefighters and emergency responders working on our nation's roadways,”
said Jim Ray, Acting Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. “We must provide for the safety of these
men and women who act selflessly to risk their lives to assist someone else who is in harm's way.”
The manual includes case studies of roadway incidents that have taken the lives of firefighters, highway scene safety
survival basics, incident command for roadway incidents, and examples of effective TIMS programs. It also provides
information on the American National Standards Institute/ International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA)
standard 207, High Visibility Public Safety Vests.
“IFSTA was proud to work with USFA and the U.S. Department of Transportation in this initiative to protect firefighters
operating on the roadway,” said Chris Neal, IFSTA Executive Director. “Traffic incident management is an important
operational and safety issue for today's fire service."