2021 2nd Quarter Newsletter

Welcome to the TIME Task Force's NEW e-newsletter! We hope you find this format interactive and informational as we bring you the latest TIME happenings, news and member updates.

We are excited to announce that we will now be using the Constant Contact system to reach out to our membership base. By using Constant Contact, we will be able to communicate more frequently and effectively with our members. Please check that this address is on your approved senders list, so the emails will not be filtered into your spam folder.

Additionally, do you have suggestions for feature articles? We welcome your input. Please email communications@timetaskforce.com with your ideas!
TIME Task Force Executive Briefing Breakfast back in September
The Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force is honored to host their by invitation only Executive Briefing Breakfast on Sept. 1, 2021. The Breakfast will bring together various elected officials as well as transportation, public safety, towing and recovery, business and transit leaders from around the state, and will highlight the importance of effective traffic incident management for safety mobility, economic viability and quality of life in Georgia. Information will be provided on best practices, regional collaboration and resources to become traffic incident management champions. We will be sending the breakfast invitations out shortly, keep an eye on your inbox for it!

Additionally, we have sponsorship opportunities for interested organizations. Are you interested in being a sponsor? Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities at timetaskforce.com/about-us/sponsors/
SHRP 2 Ranked #1 in Georgia
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training course for responders and transportation officials is one of the most important courses available to teach safe, quick incident clearance and scene management.

Georgia is ranked #1 in the nation for the percentage of SHRP2-trained responders. As of May 24, 2021, FHWA reports that Georgia has trained 26,940 responders, or 94 percent of the reported responder forces statewide.

This is no small accomplishment. The focus, funding, and resources that the Georgia Department of Transportation puts into its statewide TIM program, of which this training is a part, helps keep responders and travelers safe on Georgia’s roadways.

To learn more and view upcoming trainings, visit:
How HERO Saved the Day: COVID-19
Life for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) changed during the pandemic. Not only did it demand the best of HERO, but it also showed the resilience of the Operators.

HEROs are conditioned to interact with the public daily. To ensure the safety of motoring public, emergency responders and the Operators, additional sanitation precautions were established.

This included sanitizing the entire fleet, issuing personal supplies to individuals for self-sanitation, and setting up sanitization stations at each HERO location.
Online Training Opportunities
Having trouble keeping up with your certifications? Looking for a new way to earn professional development credits? Then you’re ready for learning on the go!

Our new Learning Management System (LMS) allows you to take courses when you want and wherever you want.

On your desktop or on your smartphone, you can take the courses you need and get the credit you deserve.

Contact us at tim_training@dot.ga.gov to get enrolled and get started working on your certifications and trainings today!
Upcoming Events & Trainings
Wed, Jul 7, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Troup County TIM Team Meeting
2471 Hamilton Rd, LaGrange
Thu, Jul 8, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Banks County Traffic Incident Management Meeting
6011 Hwy 441 Bypass, Baldwin
Tue, Jul 13, 2021 6:30 PM EST
Bloomingdale SHRP 2
Bloomingdale Fire Department, Bloomingdale
Wed, Jul 28, 2021 1:00 PM EST
Chatham Area TIM Team Meeting/SHRP2 Session
91 Lanier St, Pembroke
2021 TIME Task Force Grant Recipients Awarded
Congratulations to the 2021 TIME Task Force Grant Recipients!

Chatsworth Police Department
Draneville Voluntary Fire Department
Effingham Sherriff Office
Taliaferro County Fire Department
Tazewell Voluntary Fire Department

Each year, TIME Task Force awards funding grants to selected agencies responsible for responding to and mitigating traffic incidents within the state of Georgia. The purpose of these grants is to provide incentives in the form of equipment to enhance Traffic Incident Management.

Grants awarded are based upon the TIME Task Force Executive Board’s evaluation criteria and current budget availability. The TIME Task Force grant applications will be open again in first quarter 2022. Continue checking www.timetaskforce.com for details.
LERP Training
On May 17-21, Livestock Emergency Response Plan (LERP) training was held. Topics covered in LERP training include dispatcher decision tree, emergency responder arrival, scene assessment, security and containment, animal handling, livestock extrication, mortality disposal, relocation, and quick clearance strategies.
New TIME Task Force Members
A big welcome to Donalsonville Fire Rescue, Manchester Fire Department, Monroe County Emergency Services, City of Camilla, and Towns County Fire Rescue! All entities signed the Open Roads Policy and joined the TIME Task Force in April and May. A warm welcome to the Georgia TIME Task Force!!!
GDOT’s Transportation Management Center and NaviGAtor: 25 Years of Service 
This year marks 25 years since the opening of GDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Atlanta and the launch of Georgia’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), NaviGAtor.

Since 1996, the TMC and NaviGAtor have been in operation 24/7/365, acting as the hub for the state’s traveling information needs. The Center collaborates with partner agencies to provide seamless real-time traffic conditions, traveler information and incident management across the state. It also houses Georgia 511 and the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) program.

Over the years, the system’s technology and coverage have vastly expanded to better accommodate the growing transportation management needs in Georgia:

ITS Coverage:
  • Then: 37 interstate miles 
  • Now: 300+ interstate miles 
Closed Circuit Television and Video (CCTV) cameras
  • Then: 67 in the metro Atlanta 
  • Now: Nearly 3,300 statewide
Dynamic Message Signs (DMS)
  • Then: 24 inside the perimeter 
  • Now: Nearly 300 across the state 

Address: 515 Plasters Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30324