The winners of the annual TIME Program Awards were announced on August 27, 2014 at the the 40th Annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety. TIME Program Manager Dave Spakowicz and Statewide TIM Engineer Marquis Young presented the awards during a ceremony. Awards were handed out in two categories: Innovation and Outstanding Achievement.
The TIME Program’s Innovation Award is intended to recognize innovative approaches, technologies and/or solutions that support the TIME Program mission of improving responder safety, enhancing the safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents, and supporting prompt, reliable and inter-operable communications.
This year’s 2014 TIME Program Innovation Award goes to “Team Dane County”. The Team consist of members from; Dane County Public Safety Communications, Dane County Land Information Office, WisDOT Traffic Incident Management Coordinator Jeff Gustafson and SRF Consulting (Andy Mielke and his team).
“Team Dane County” worked cooperatively to incorporate enhanced Geographic Information System (GIS) information and made it available to dispatchers and responders via mobile applications. In addition, the enhanced GIS information was also linked in concert with Dane County’s 911 Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. Having the GIS information integrated into the CAD system allows agencies to plan for traffic and other contingencies before they occur.
It is this type of state and local partnership and innovative thinking that result in more effective traffic incident management and the overall safety for all responders.
Jeffery T. Gustafson won an honorable mention for this year’s Innovation Award in his role as WisDOT Traffic Incident Management Coordinator – SW Region.
Jeff currently serves as the traffic incident management (TIM) coordinator for the I-39/90 and Verona Road Mega Projects. Jeff’s extensive coordination and continuous outreach to first responders of all disciplines within the projects is exemplary. Jeff also serves as a valuable resource to project design and construction staff.
Jeff’s wide-ranging knowledge of TIM techniques and strategies only enhance his efforts to employ TIM protocols in the most effective and efficient manner. Jeff has researched methods to increase the quick clearance of incidents, to decrease to response times of law enforcement in construction zones and has investigated ways to utilize technology to improve the safety of responders as well as the motoring public.
The TIME Program’s Outstanding Achievement Award is intended to recognize an individual who shows regular participation in TIME Program initiatives such as After Action Reviews, incident debriefings and TIME meetings. The nominee is also active in the training and outreach of Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines. This individual works to integrate these initiatives and principles into the culture of their agency through training and utilizing the Guidelines in their agency.
This year’s 2014 TIME Program Outstanding Achievement Award goes to Richard P. Tumaniec in his role as WisDOT Traffic Engineer – Northwest Region (NWR).
Rick joined the Traffic Section of the NWR-WisDOT office in 2007 and immediately began to infuse TIME and Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) protocols into the daily operations of all functional areas of the NWR.
Over the past seven years, Rick has been; the primary instructor to responders for the Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines, the coordinator for all after action reviews that are required for all Extended Duration Incidents (EDIs) that occur in his region, and a strong participant in all of the semi-annual TIME meetings that occur in the region. In addition, he reviews work zone traffic management plans in order to ensure the proper deployment of warning devices in order to ensure the safety of all workers and responders, developed a strong working relationship with the WSP on all major interstate projects within the region and has been an internal mentor to both new and existing Regional Incident Management Coordinators (RIMCs) for the region.
Rick also actively participates in a number of newly formed and existing TIM-related work groups that meet throughout the year, like the EDI work group and the TIME Standing Committee. Rick never says “no”, whenever asked to participate.
It is this type of continuous dedication, commitment and belief in all facets of traffic incident management that make Rick Tumaniec this year’s recipient of the 2014 TIME Outstanding Achievement Award.
One of this year’s 2014 TIME Program Outstanding Achievement –Honorable Mention Awards goes to Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Mitch Gibson.
Not only has he been a leader in the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, he has sold the TIM philosophy to all law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service agencies in the county.
After the death of Chippewa County Deputy Jason Zunker, who was killed by a passing motorist during a semi fire on STH 53, Lt. Gibson recognized the need for reflective apparel for emergency personnel. He then took it upon himself to acquire orange reflective leggings for all deputies to wear during traffic events such as traffic details and crashes. This is just one example of his actions as an outspoken spokesperson, teacher and leader in the use of TIM protocols.
Lt. Gibson is always thinking of ideas to improve traffic safety. He always implements TIM protocols and continuously coordinates with other responder agencies at incident scenes. Above all, Lt. Gibson truly cares about the safety of every person working on a township, county or state roadway.
Another one of this year’s 2014 TIME Program Outstanding Achievement –Honorable Mention Awards goes to the Fond du Lac Fire Department.
The Fond du Lac Fire Department was the first fire agency in their county to adopt TIM principles. All members of the department are trained in National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) on a yearly basis, using TIM principles. When new initiatives or protocols are identified, the department contacts TIME Program trainer Rick Olig of the FDL County Sheriff’s Department and requests training on the updates for all three shifts of the department. The department conducts post incident analysis and reviews the use of their TIM protocols through the Training Safety Officer on a regular basis. As a result of embracing the TIM philosophy, the department has outfitted five ambulances, four engines and a ladder truck with reflective chevron stripping.
One key initiative that the department initiated was to develop laminated examples of different (Traffic Incident Management Area (TIMA) set-ups utilizing various pieces of department apparatus and placing them in their vehicles. Having immediate access to these reference guides by department personnel, as they proceed to an incident scene, has been invaluable to ensure the proper placement of apparatus based on the type of incident encountered.
This is just another great example of a whole department that has embraced and committed itself to the proper application of TIM protocols in order to provide the best service possible to responders and the motoring public alike. And that is why a 2014 TIME Outstanding Achievement Award – Honorable Mention, goes to the members of the Fond du Lac Fire Department.
The last of this year’s 2014 TIME Program Outstanding Achievement –Honorable Mention Awards goes to Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Terrance Cram.
Sgt. Cram completed the TIME Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Train-the-Trainer course and pushed the concepts learned to the entire department, going out of his way to make sure the concepts are deployed in the field at every opportunity. His top priority is the safety of his co-workers and all emergency responders at a scene. Sgt. Cram also acknowledges the impacts of bad scene management to the motoring public and to local commerce.
Sgt. Cram has made it his personal mission to train all responders in Sheboygan County in Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management protocols. Although he works first shift, he has spent many evenings working with the 24 volunteer fire departments, 13 first responder agencies and 4 ambulance services that operate within Sheboygan County. Sgt Cram’s goal is to make sure everyone is operating with the same play book. In addition, he regularly attends regional TIME meetings and does his best to recruit others to attend as well.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Many people and agencies were nominated this year. The TIME Program is proud to operate in a state with so many professionals who show passion and dedication to enhancing the safety of first responders by promoting TIME principles.