The MassDOT Highway Division as of August 4, 2014, working in concert with its public safety and life safety partners, adopted and executed a revised Unified Response Manual (URM) for the Massachusetts Highway System. The URM establishes consensus among the Commonwealth’s various first-responder agencies with the principles of traffic incident management, and will ensure that the various agencies across Massachusetts continue to work together to clear traffic incidents safely and efficiently on the state’s surface roadways.
The TIM Taskforce served as the vehicle for preparing and adopting the new URM. The Task Force is chaired by David E. Long, MassDOT TIM Program Coordinator, and convenes quarterly to shape the Commonwealth’s efforts of easing congestion, mitigating the impact of incidents and improving roadway safety.
MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said, “The Task Force activities are essential to facilitating interagency communication, situational awareness, and preparedness for emergency response situations.”
The new 2014 URM reflects alignment with the National Unified Goal (NUG) and new concepts and principles associated with Traffic Incident Management (TIM) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The new URM also reflects changes among the Commonwealth’s transportation, safety, and first-responder agencies since the last version was completed in 2006. The signatories of the URM include:
• MassDOT Highway Division
• Massachusetts State Police
• Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
• Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
• Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
• Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
• Massachusetts Department of Public Heath
• Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
• Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
• Federal Highway Administration
• Department of Conservation and Recreation
• Massachusetts Highway Association
• Massachusetts Statewide Towing Association
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