Incident Command System
Coordinating response resources from the various responding organizations is crucial to the safe and timely clearance of traffic incidents. This requires:
The ability of all responders to communicate clearly and effectively The Incident Command System (ICS), long familiar to public safety responders, is the heart of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) required by the Department of Homeland Security for the management of all hazards. ICS provides the framework for command, control, and coordination of resources at the scene of the emergency. An objective-based system, it emphasizes common terminology, integrated communications systems, and comprehensive resource management.
Model Procedure Guide for Highway Incidents
The Model Procedures Guide for Highway Incidents was developed in cooperation with the National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium (NFSIMSC). The NFSIMSC has prepared six previous incident management model procedures guide, primarily for the firefighting audience. The guide specifies the command and control procedures for managing resources on scene at highway incidents. The guide establishes procedures by which the resources of various responding organizations are managed to resolve an incident. The potential target audience for this guide includes not only public safety, but also transportation and private sector agencies and organizations. This guide was completed in 2003.
Incident Command Training Course
Building off the completed Model Procedures Guide for Highway Incidents, an ICS training course targeted specifically for transportation audiences has been developed. This training includes the National Incident Management System as developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security. FHWA has also developed a simplified guide to ICS.