Webinar Series Description
No doubt you have been hearing the terms Safe System Approach and Traffic Safety Culture over the past few years, but are you also wondering:
- how to explain these terms to your peers and superiors?
- how these terms apply to your agency?
- how they fit with the work you do everyday?
- how they can help improve safety on a rural road?
If so, then this 6-part series is for you!
The Improving Rural Road Safety with the Safe System Approach 6-part webinar series explored how a Safe System Approach (SSA) can be applied to rural areas, discussed strategies rural areas are already using that fit within a SSA, and identified additional SSA techniques that can be applied to improve rural road safety.
In Part 6 of the series, we focused on the Post-Crash Care Element. We examined this element through the lens of rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS), rural Traffic Incident Management (TIM), and rural crash investigations and data.
Part 6 Webinar Outcomes
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:
- Identify improvements for highway safety and crash responders that are actionable for transportation professionals related to detection, distance, and data.
- Recall the unique response challenges identified by the FHWA Rural TIM Committee
- Obtain a basic understanding of the Every Day Count’s (EDC) Initiative as it applies to TIM and Local Roads.
- Identify methods of accessing National TIM Training Programs.
- Identify rural TIM actions that WI uses for situational awareness and look at some best practices to reduce the risks when investigating crashes on rural roads.
- List actions that Tennessee took to improve their post-crash data, how it made safer roads and road users, and other local activities related to post-crash care.
This training was directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts.
Dia Gainor, Executive Director, National Association of State EMS Officials
Dia is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials; “NASEMSO” members are state agencies that regulate and support EMS and trauma systems through the Safe System element of post crash care.
Idaho was her responsibility for nineteen years as the Chief of the state EMS Bureau where she fostered a very close working relationship with the Idaho Transportation Department. She presently serves on the Road to Zero Steering Group, the FHWA Traffic Incident Management Executive Leadership Group representing EMS, and was the primary contributor to the EMS chapter in the Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy. Dia is also a recipient of the NHTSA Administrator’s Public Service Award for “outstanding national leadership in enhancing the collaboration among highway safety, public health, transportation, and emergency medical services.”
Joe Tebo – Transportation Specialist at Federal Highway Administration
Joseph (Joe) Tebo serves as a Transportation Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is one of three Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program Managers with the FHWA’s Office of Transportation Operations in Washington D.C. Joe formerly served with the Federal Transit Administration as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and Transit Crash Investigator. Joe’s Transportation and Emergency Management career includes having served with the Washington D.C Fire and EMS Department as their Safety Officer for Rail Transportation Operations and with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of Emergency Management.
Joe has served over 40 years as a Volunteer Firefighter, Paramedic, Special Operations Rescue Specialist, Assistant Commander and is the Past Commanding Officer of a large Fire, Rescue and EMS Department located in Baltimore County, MD.
Currently, Joe is managing the development of a “Traffic Incident Management for Rural Responders” program. The Program will be an addition to the existing National Traffic Incident Management Training Program.
Marquis Young, Statewide Traffic Incident Management Engineer, Wisconsin DOT
Marquis has been WisDOT’s Statewide Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Engineer since 2013. The Statewide TIM engineer is the program lead for both the Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) and Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) Programs. Marquis is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Marquis holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Civil Engineering. Before his employment with WisDOT, Mr. Young spent over five years in the private sector as an engineer in highway design and was also a utility construction coordinator.
Jessica Rich, Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, Tennessee Division
Jessica has been working for the Federal Highway Administration for 18 years. She is responsible for managing the Tennessee Strategic Highway Safety Plan and the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Some of her accomplishments include working with the Tennessee DOT to create a project safety office, institutionalizing road safety audits as the primary way of implementing the HSIP program, developing projects that lead to the 100% electronic submission of crash records, and collaborating with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to build a incident management training facility. She is a 2021 recipient of the FHWA Field Safety Peer Award.