Utilize technology sharing and training opportunities to form mutually beneficial relationships for successful incident management programs.
Cincinnati metro area’s experience with incident management.
The ARTIMIS experience in building successful partnership for incident management is presented below.
- Ensure buy-in by the first responders to implement a successful incident management program. Transportation professionals deploying ARTIMIS recognized this and utilized their resources to achieve that much needed buy-in. ARTIMIS has also benefited from the experiences of its leaders who have served in public safety positions in the past. This experience helped leaders recognize the need to draw public safety officers to ARTIMIS and to help them see the benefits of working together to improve traffic incident management. Unique relationships and strong leadership within ARTIMIS have resulted in a very collaborative and beneficial incident management program for both first responders and the transportation community.
- Consider technology sharing and training opportunities between the DOT and the local police departments to reduce time for roadway closures. Public safety officers need to be diligent in their collection of evidence at crash scenes and it is not uncommon for such events to require long periods of closure of highway facilities to protect evidence and police officers. ARTIMIS primary concern is the operational condition of the highway facilities during such events, once victims are removed from the scene. One example of resource-sharing included the DOT’s purchasing of Global Positioning System (GPS) surveying equipment for use by the local police departments to help assist in the data collection necessary to document fatal and serious injury crashes. To assist officers to document accident scenes more efficiently and more accurately, ARTIMIS worked to provide GPS surveying training necessary to fully utilize this equipment to public safety officers in the region. The result has been a solid working relationship based on trust and recognition of the importance of each agency’s responsibilities. One public safety officer estimated that the time savings for roadway closures after fatal accidents was as much as 1.5 to 2 hours with the use of GPS enabled surveying equipment.
- Use the partnership opportunity to introduce incident management to the police officers early on while they are still cadets in the Police Academy. It was noted that ARTIMIS has begun to provide training to Cincinnati Police Academy cadets on the services that ARTIMIS can provide to them to improve their experiences while on highway patrol duty. This early exposure of the cadets to the existing partnerships serves to strengthen the strong bond between public safety officials and transportation professionals in the greater Cincinnati area.
Published By: Transportation Research Board
Source Date: 1/1/2004
Other Reference Number: NCHRP 520URL: http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_rpt_520.pdf
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Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Clearance & Recovery > Investigation
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Mobilization & Response > Service Patrols
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Surveillance & Detection > Imaging/Video
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Surveillance & Detection > Detectors
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