Train-the-Trainer Regional Workshops for Incident Command System (ICS) Training for Field Level Transportation Supervisors and Staff

“Emergency response is becoming a larger part of state, tribal, and local transportation staffs’ responsibilities, from the front office to the front lines. And, with funding tight nationwide, public sector employees are being asked to do more with smaller staffs, including …preparation and response for notice and no notice incidents. [Training] is needed … to support operations and maintenance personnel to perform reliably and effectively with other partners under the National Incident Management System (NIMS), regardless of the agencies’ size or the nature of the occurrence, leading to improved preparedness for emergencies.” (from National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-05 Synthesis Topic 44-12, Interactive Training for All-Hazards Emergency Planning, Preparation, and Response for Maintenance & Operations Field Personnel, Draft 1). At present there are specialized versions of the Incident Command System (ICS) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study website for law enforcement, medical personnel, and public works staff members. There is no specialized training for transportation personnel, whose work in opening roads and ensuring the safety of bridges and other infrastructure is the key to all other emergency response. As described in NCHRP Project 20-59(43), Incorporating Transportation Security Awareness into Routine State Department of Transportation (DOT) Operation and Training, most field level transportation staff members work outdoors and gather only at the beginning and end of the work day. Most training has to be delivered as briefing training or on overtime. The lack of financial support for overtime training makes lengthy courses inaccessible to these front line staff members. Dr. Yuko Nakanishi, Principal Investigator for the NCHRP Synthesis Topic 44-12 report cited above, has researched all available security and emergency management training materials for transportation staff members, including field staff, and has determined that there is no current ICS training product directed to transportation agency field staff members. (Part I) Train-the-Trainer Regional Workshops for NCHRP 20-59(30) Incident Command System for Field Level Transportation Supervisors and Personnel. This project will take the new course created under NCHRP sponsorship and create the documentation for a train-the-trainer course to increase the number of trainers available to deliver the course nationally. The course will be piloted at four regional locations selected in conjunction with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)/Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM), which may include a workshop held in conjunction with an AASHTO/SCOTSEM. The final product will be train-the-trainer (TTT) materials that can be used within AASHTO regions to maintain a cadre of trained instructors for the NCHRP 20-59 (30) Incident Command System for Field Level Transportation Supervisors and Personnel course. (Part II) Train-the-Trainer Regional Workshops for NCHRP 20-59(30) Incident Command System for Field Level Transportation Supervisors and Personnel: Continuation. This project will take the new course created under NCHRP sponsorship, and the train-the-trainer documentation created under the NCHRP train-the-trainer pilot, and deliver a series of train-the-trainer courses to increase the number of trainers available to deliver the course nationally. The course will be delivered at eight regional locations selected in conjunction with AASHTO/Committee on Transportation System Security and Resilience (CTSSR), and at an AASHTO/CTSSR meeting. The TTT materials that can be used within AASHTO regions to maintain a cadre of trained instructors for the NCHRP 20-59(30) Incident Command System for Field Level Transportation Supervisors and Personnel course will be used, and trainers will be taught to deliver the ICS course, including the sandbox interactive session and the follow-up refresher sessions. Host agencies will be expected to provide the facility, AV equipment including wi-fi connection to the Youtube videos, hard copies of the ICS forms for each student, and logistics support, including receiving materials and delivering them to the classroom. Instructors will provide the student books and instructor manuals on USB drives for each student, and provide the materials for every student to use in creating ICS supervisors’ folders and ICS cards.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $450000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(30)A

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    San Jose State University

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  • Principal Investigators:

    Edwards, Frances

  • Start Date: 20170711
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01761937
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(30)A
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 4 2021 3:11PM