An Integrated MOT Training Program for Incident Responders

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Most existing maintenance of traffic (MOT) training programs are designed for long-term roadway construction projects or specific incident responders. However, successful traffic incident management on interstate and access-limited highways requires a swift, consistent and practical MOT setup by all incident responders to ensure their safety and the mobility of motorists through incident locations. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation, the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida has developed a comprehensive and integrated MOT training program. The project team first obtained and reviewed available MOT and incident management training materials throughout the country. A preliminary and integrated MOT training program for incident responders was then developed. To meet practical needs among all incident responders, a MOT training advisory group for incident responders was assembled with representatives from major incident-responding agencies in Florida. Based on the active discussion and valuable input from advisory group members through three separate meetings, the MOT training program was developed with the full support of all incident-responding agencies. The MOT training program was further revised based on the feedback obtained from a pilot training class. This paper describes the importance of the MOT training program for incident responders. The process of program development and highlights of each training module are clearly presented. This MOT training program offers a comprehensive, integrated and practical MOT training material to improve the safety of incident responders and the mobility of motorists passing through incident locations.

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ITE 2009 Technical Conference and Exhibit, Compendium of Technical Papers, Washington, D.C., March 2009.