Posted: June 15, 2022
Greetings PennTIME members and visitors! It has been some time since our official website has seen significant updates, but that does not mean that the PennTIME program has slowed. In fact, the amount of PennTIME activity has been so great that it actually took away from the time needed to update the site!
However, we know that a vital part of any successful program is a solid online presence so we are posting a quick note to let all of you know that regular updates will begin shortly. We want to make sure that this site is always a reliable place for PennTIME information, and we want to hear from you! If you have any suggestions for content please feel free to reach out using our Contact page.
In the meantime, we are gearing up for the next quarterly PennTIME meeting which is scheduled for July 20, 2022. The meeting will be held in person at the PA Turnpike Central Administration Building, and as usual we will offer an online option as well. Register to attend HERE.
Stay safe, watch your back, and thank you for your commitment to supporting TIM in Pennsylvania.
One Voice. One Vision. All Together.
Organized in 2017, PennTIME serves TIM practitioners across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is the realization of a vision first set forth in a study conducted by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) in 2014. The study shed light on numerous gaps in Pennsylvania's Traffic Incident Management efforts and set forth targeted recommendations for improvement. A priority among these recommendations was the creation of a statewide TIM program to provide structure, guidance, and promote consistent practices throughout the commonwealth. Key focus areas for PennTIME include:
- Assigning institutional responsibility across the state
- Improving bidirectional communication at the state, regional, and local levels
- Expanding the use of FHWA TIM Self‐Assessments
- Investing in resources to improve TIM performance measurement data
- Establishing uniform scene safety and management guidelines
- Creating towing certification and cost recovery programs
- Implementing uniform After‐Action Review procedures
- Advancing operations‐related projects that address the tenets of the National Unified Goal for TIM
- Working to advance dedicated TIM funding line items in the state budget
A TIM Summit in late 2016 brought together TIM professionals and champions from across Pennsylvania as well as other states in a collaborative environment to share information and best practices with the goal of advancing the recommendations outlined in the STAC study, and from there PennTIME was born. Key stakeholders met to begin the process of forming PennTIME in January 2017, and that was followed by the groups first meeting in April 2017. PennTIME has met on a quarterly basis since that time and has made great strides in advancing TIM efforts in Pennsylvania, and in August 2018 a formal statewide Inter‐Agency Agreement validated PennTIME's organizational structure, committees, and general procedures.
Program News & Updates
Pennsylvania TIM E-Learning
Did you know that Pennsylvania first responders can take their TIM training online? To access the training, simply go to the TRAIN PA website at https://www.train.org/pa/welcome. If you have an existing user account, you can simply log in and use the word “TIM” in the search bar to find the blended learning course. If you don’t have an account, please create one to access the course. Municipal Law Enforcement personnel can take the course through the Pennsylvania Virtual Training Network (PAVTN). Authorized users can simply go to the Virtual Training Network website at www.pavtn.net. Simply log in, click the link for "Training", and then navigate to the "Programs and Systems" curriculum to find the Pennsylvania Traffic Incident Management course (CLEO01022) The PA TIM Training has been fully vetted by the FHWA and has been granted full equivalency status. Multiple credit types have been approved including:
- Professional Development Hours (PDH) – 4 Hours
- Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) MPOETC – 4 Hours
- Continuing Education Units (CEU) – PA DOH Bureau of EMS – 4 Hours If you’ve never taken this training, now is an excellent time to get it done and get certified. If you’ve taken it before, we encourage you to take it again as a refresher and take a look at the new videos and other interactive content that has been developed for the course. We look forward to your participation in the course and receiving any feedback you may have.