Traffic incident scenes are a very dangerous place to work. Too many responders are injured or killed every year in incident scenes. One of the most important keys to improving our responses is teamwork. Teamwork at the scene and with the off-scene support personnel is a multi-discipline effort that requires everyone to be involved. We have to train together so that we can respond efficiently together.
There are three different traffic incident management training opportunities available. Details for each are shown below.
Primary OTIM Training
The Primary OTIM Training class is intended for all responders, such as Fire Departments, EMS, Law Enforcement (Police, Sheriff, Highway Patrol), DOT, Public Works, EPA, EMA, and Towing and Recovery Companies, who respond to incidents impacting the roadway transportation system. This in-person class is offered free of charge at various times and locations throughout the year. Two instructors are used per class, from different disciplines, to provide different perspectives and experiences.
(Please note that for contractors working on major projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), attendance at the Primary OTIM Training class does not fulfill the training requirements as specified in Plan Note 642-45. Contractors must attend the Contractor OTIM Training as described below.)
Registration for the Primary OTIM Training class is managed by the Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). Click here (and select “Future LTAP Trainings”) to access the LTAP web site and follow the prompts for the OTIM classes. A list of available dates, times, and locations will be provided, along with instructions to register for a class.
Printed materials will not be provided at the class. Participants may wish to bring a copy of the course outline with them to the class for reference and note taking.
Click here to access the course outline in PDF format (152 pages; one slide per page).
Click here to access the course outline in PDF format (76 pages; two slides per page).
Click here to access the entire PowerPoint that is used for the training class.
On-Line OTIM Training
For those unable to attend an in-person training, there is also training available on-line. This class is offered through the Ohio Fire Academy and is available to all responders. This class is similar to the Primary OTIM Training class, and can be used as a refresher for those who have already attended an in-person OTIM class, or for those whose schedules may not allow sufficient time to attend an in-person class.
(Please note that for contractors working on major projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), completion of the On-Line OTIM Training class does not fulfill the training requirements as specified in Plan Note 642-45. Contractors must attend the Contractor OTIM Training as described below.)
This On-Line OTIM Training class can be accessed through the Ohio Fire Academy.
Contractor OTIM Training
The Contractor OTIM Training class is intended for contractors working on major projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and for ODOT Project Engineers managing these major projects. This class provides an overview of the traffic incident management concepts and principles, but is not as detailed as the Primary OTIM Training class. It also provides instructions to contractors working on ODOT projects as to what is expected of them should an incident occur in the work zone. Please note that this class is required for all contractors working on ODOT projects that include Plan Note 642-45.
This in-person class is currently being offered upon request. Please fill out this form to request a class.
Other OTIM Training
Are you planning to provide in-house OTIM training to your agency or organization? If so, it is recommended, as a minimum, that the course materials provided above under the “Primary OTIM Training” be used. Additional information customized to meet the needs of your agency or organization can be included as well.
Please use the established sign-in sheets and evaluation forms for your class.
Click here to access sign-in sheets for your class.
Click here to access evaluation forms for your class.
At the completion of your class, the sign-in sheets and evaluation forms should be scanned as PDF files and sent via e-mail attachment to DOT-OTIM.Training@dot.ohio.gov.
Attendance certificates will be provided for each participant from the LTAP office in Columbus. These will be sent in PDF format via e-mail, based on the information provided on the sign-in sheets, directly to each participant.
Questions can be directed to Mr. Carl Merckle, OTIM Training Facilitator, at 614.644.7165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.