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Talking TIM Webinar Series: August 2020


State and local Traffic Incident Management (TIM) programs cover a broad range of maturity from emerging programs to those that are advanced. The Talking TIM Webinar Series seeks to provide a forum where TIM champions with any level of experience can exchange information about current practices, programs, and technologies. Each month, Talking TIM will highlight successful programs, identify best practices, and showcase technology that advances the profession.

This month's webinar features the streamlined FHWA TIM Self Assessment (kicking off in September), the innovative Arizona TIM program, and how EMS responder communities can earn professional credits for National TIM Responder training. Presenters on these topics include:

Brief FHWA Introduction & TIM Training Updates – Paul Jodoin and Jim Austrich, FHWA Office of Operations

Meet the Executive leadership Group – Dia Gainor National Association of State EMS Officials

Rebecca Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer at the American Transportation Research Institute, will introduce the streamlined and updated FHWA TIM Self Assessment Tool. This tool helps TIM coalitions and programs identify what they are doing well and where they may benefit from additional focus.

Captain John Paul Cartier, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Angela Roper Barnett, Executive Director of the Arizona Towing Association. This dynamic duo will spotlight how their use of Training Awards, TIM data, and collaboration improves responder safety and overall operations.

Jim Austrich, FHWA TIM Program Manager, will spotlight the recent accreditation that now provided continuing educational units (CEUs) to licensed firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians for the National TIM Responder Training four-hour course.

The Talking TIM webinar series brings to your desk the great and varied work happening on the ground and around the country in traffic incident management. Topics touch on issues of relevance for TIM executives, managers, operators, and responders. Be sure to tune in to each session for ideas, tools, and resources to support and advance safe and quick clearance of roadway incidents. The Federal Highway Administration TIM Program sponsors the Talking TIM series.

Speaker bios:

  • Dia Gainor (National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials): Dia presently serves as the Chairman of the Transportation Safety Advancement Group, which provides emergency response-specific technical inputs to the US DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. She worked for two state EMS offices for 27 years, first in Maryland, then 19 years as the Emergency Medical Services Bureau Chief for the State of Idaho. She is now the Executive Director of the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials. Her association’s members are state agencies that regulate and support EMS and trauma systems. Dia was appointed by the Secretary of the US DOT to serve on the Congressionally-established National EMS Advisory Council (NHTSA’s only federally-utilized advisory committee) as was appointed as the Council’s first Chairman. She is also a recipient of the NHTSA Administrator’s Public Service Award “outstanding national leadership in enhancing the collaboration among highway safety, public health, transportation, and emergency medical services”.
  • Rebecca Brewster (American Transportation Research Institute): Rebecca Brewster is President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Ms. Brewster is the recipient of several awards including Fleet Owner magazine’s 2016 Dozen Outstanding Women in Trucking, the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking award from the Women in Trucking Association, and the 2010 J.R. Bob Halladay award given by the 50 state trucking associations. Ms. Brewster has been with ATRI for over 27 years. Prior to that, she was the Public and Governmental Affairs Director for the Cary, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a Fleet Analyst with Moen, Inc. Ms. Brewster has a B.A. in English from Wofford College and she is a Fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.
  • Captain John Paul Cartier (Arizona Department of Public Safety)
  • Angela Roper Barnett (Arizona Towing Association): Angela Barnett, is the Executive Director of the Arizona Towing Association and the the former Executive Director of the International Towing & Recovery Museum, in Chattanooga, TN, and has been involved in the towing industry since 1997, owning two towing companies in Texas. She also is the director for the Georgia, Tennessee and Utah Towing Associations. Over the years, Angela has found herself involved in everything towing or safety related. Angela started by becoming involved in her state’s (TX) towing association, moving up to being involved on committees with the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA), to eventually becoming its 3rd Vice President. In 2007 she was named Tow Woman of the Year. She led the committee that produced two safety videos for the towing industry on safety. Angela also served on the Women’s Towing and Recovery Associations board for two terms. During these many years where she has devoted her time and effort to safety and education, she also became an instructor for American Traffic Safety Services Association in 2004. Angela has traveled the U.S. instructing responders on Incident Management procedures and awareness. She is also a FHWA Sharp 2 instructor for Incident Management. She serves on the AZ TIM Core Team Coalition as well. Angela has been a part of the original NUG summits, and is a current member of the CVVFA and its Emergency Responder Safety Institute. Angela was recently appointed to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications Committee and the IACP/NHTSA committee for Incident Management development for clearing the roadways.

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