Too often, first responders are injured when responding to an incident on a freeway or arterial. Designed to give the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) and other first responders a safer environment to practice life-saving skills, the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training and Development Track funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) contains a half-mile section of track that represents a variety of roadway and geographically unique conditions they may experience across the state.
The TIM Training and Development Track gives responders the opportunity to practice communication and safety among first responders in a controlled environment, addressing overturned vehicles, collisions, vehicle fires, and the application of traffic management devices during incidents.
Kimley-Horn provided overall design of the facility and program management during the project’s construction phase. Collaborating with the NCSHP and NCDOT, our team worked to ensure the final design accomplishes their goal of creating a closed environment for law enforcement, fire, EMS, and Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP), encouraging communication, and fostering an established sense of community between responders when arriving, working, and leaving a scene safely.
As part of this project, Kimley-Horn is continuing to assist in the delivery and maturity of the Statewide TIM Program. Responsibilities include the establishment and strengthening of multi-agency relationships through interagency team meetings, statewide coordination for IMAP, and the training and certification of IMAP responders, supervisors, and management. The team also coordinates multiagency training exercises that can occur at the facility. In addition, our team works closely with NCDOT staff to respond to major events such as hurricanes and winter weather events, supporting after action reviews, refinement of evacuation and traffic management protocols, and implementation of those refinement tools.
The TIM Training and Development Track will positively impact response times, increase safety of responders and commuters, and enhance communication and response in a controlled environment, making real-life incident response safer and smoother for all involved.