Quarterly Incident Management Task Force Meeting
May 16, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm
Bridge Yard Building
The Bay Area Incident Management Task Force (IMTF) formed in 2002 as a collaborative effort among the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Today, the IMTF is a multi-agency partnership that includes MTC, Caltrans, the CHP, and the Federal Highway Administration, local law enforcement and fire departments, emergency medical services, county coroners, the American Automobile Association, tow truck companies and others. On average, 80 first responders or tow-truck operators are struck and killed each year, with another 20,000 injured annually, while responding to crashes on U.S. roads and bridges. At least 24 responders have been killed since 2010 in California alone. The IMTF agencies work together to facilitate interagency communication and cooperation focused on traffic incident management and the safe and quick clearance of traffic incidents in the Bay Area.
IMTF meets on a quarterly basis to discuss topics regarding communications, trainings, and incident management protocols and guidelines, as well as to report on and solicit feedback on priority IMTF initiatives, intended to enhance motorist and responder safety. At each meeting, IMTF also selects one traffic incident to serve as the subject of an in-depth case-study discussion. Because the likelihood of a secondary crash increases by 2.8 percent for each minute the primary incident continues to be a hazard, even modest reductions in incident duration can yield significant safety benefits for responders and motorists.