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Public Safety Program Emergency Traffic Operations. Linda D. Dodge USDOT ITS-JPO Public Safety Coordinator September 26, 2006. ITS Public Safety Includes…. Law Enforcement Emergency Medical Services Fire/HAZMAT as well as - Emergency Communications Traffic Management Towing & Recovery.

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Public safety program emergency traffic operations

Public Safety Program Emergency Traffic Operations

Linda D. Dodge

USDOT ITS-JPO Public Safety Coordinator

September 26, 2006

ITS Public Safety Includes…

  • Law Enforcement

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Fire/HAZMAT

  • as well as -

  • Emergency Communications

  • Traffic Management

  • Towing & Recovery

The public safety program
The Public Safety Program

Major Initiatives-

The Emergency Transportation Operations Initiative - Tasks and Legacy Projects

Wireless E9-1-1 (WE9-1-1)

Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)


  • Initial phase of ETO

  • Status of multiple coordinated efforts that focus on evacuation management

  • Building blocks for subsequent phases of ETO

  • Assess potential “gaps” in use or application of ITS in support of evacuation – all hazards

  • Determine support tools and resources needed

Initial phase focus on no notice evacuation incident management
Initial Phase: Focus on “No Notice” Evacuation & Incident Management

  • Towing and Recovery and Hazmat Communications Technology Demonstration

  • Guidance for Transportation Operations in Biohazard Emergencies

  • Real-Time Evacuation Management and Modeling

  • Recommended Practices for Managing "No Notice" Evacuations

  • Low-Cost Surveillance of Rural Evacuation Routes

  • Traveler Information for Disaster Situations

  • Integrating ITS Standards with Law Enforcement Data Exchange Standards

Eto no notice evacuation
ETO & No Notice Evacuation Incident Management

ETO - Incident Management

  • Application of Technology to Transportation Operations in Biohazard Situations

    Evaluate the roles of transportation during a biohazard situation and make recommendations to apply advanced operational methods and technology to accomplish those roles effectively.

    • Biohazards workshop, Madison, WI

    • Workshop proceedings report completed

ETO - Incident Management

  • Low Cost Evacuation Route Surveillance

    Evaluated available technologies; deployed several varieties of camera devices

  • Field Operations Test – rural Nebraska

  • Examined the cost, maintenance, power, weather resiliency etc.

  • FOT and Recommendations report completed

ETO - Incident Management

  • ITS to Improve Response by

    Towing/Recovery and Hazmat

    Provide cell phone cameras to first responders in the

    National Capital Region – image transmission to dispatch

    and to secondary responders

    Test Bed: Capital Wireless Integrated Network (CapWIN)

    • FOT in progress

ETO - Incident Management

  • Communicating With the Public

    Using ATIS During Disasters

    Analyze traveler information needs during disasters

    & develop guidance for transportation agencies

    • Houston workshop - produced material for ConOps

    • Pending FOT – San Diego, using ConOps to develop a strategy for using traveler information assets during disasters for a specific location

ETO - Incident Management

  • Harmonization of Transportation and Public Safety Incident Management


    Data exchange of dissimilar data exchange standards

    Link public safety DOT (IEEE1512 series) and DOJ (GJXML)

  • Steering Committee established and active

  • Pending FOTs

ETO - Incident Management

  • Traffic Management Technology to Enhance Emergency Response

    To examine adaptations of ITS freeway and traffic management systems

    • Report completed

ETO - Incident Management

  • Evacuation - State of the Art State of the Practice

    To examine adaptations of ITS freeway and traffic management systems

    • Literature Review Complete

    • Case Review with “lessons learned”

    • Report Completed

Evacuation management case studies
Evacuation Management Case Studies Incident Management

  • Sites

    • El Dorado, Arkansas (Hazardous-Material Fire, January 2, 2005)

    • Graniteville, South Carolina (Train Derailment and Chlorine Leak, January 6, 2005)

    • South Salt Lake City, Utah (Toxic Chemical Spill, March 6, 2005)

    • Big Bear Valley, California (Old Fire, October 25, 2003)

ETO - Incident Management

  • Gap Analysis

    To review findings, identify “gaps” in existing application of ITS technologies, and propose recommendations for Initiative ITS support tools and resources

    • Literature Review Complete – SA/SP

    • Case Review Report Completed – SA/SP

    • Leveraging of findings of the ITS ETO Initiative and FHWA Office of Operations activities

ETO - Incident Management

  • Legacy studies & activities

    • MayDay 9-1-1 – report complete, evaluation report complete

    • Cad Integration FOTs – report complete, evaluation report complete

    • Public Safety Advisory Group (PSAG), advise stakeholders on how best to deploy and integrate Intelligent Transportation Systems – several ITS responder documents prepared for publication

      ..and more

Next generation 9 1 1
Next Generation 9-1-1 Incident Management


It’s Not Just Telephones Anymore

9 1 1 in the united states
9-1-1 in the United States Incident Management

  • 6124 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)

    • Majority administered at the local government level

  • First 9-1-1 call in 1968

  • Approximately 96% of geographic US covered by some level of 9-1-1

    • 99% of Population

  • 200 million 9-1-1 calls annually across country

    • @ 1/3 by wireless telephone

Wireless 9 1 1 in the united states
Wireless 9-1-1 in the United States Incident Management

  • 219+ million wireless subscribers currently

  • 72% of US Population

  • More than 240,000 wireless 9-1-1 calls per day

  • In most metropolitan areas that exceeds 50%

    • and growing

  • Est: By 2008 @12-15 million households using VoIP

Current and future 9 1 1
Current and Future 9-1-1 Incident Management

Consensus within the 9 1 1 community
Consensus within the 9-1-1 Community Incident Management

Capitalize on advances in technologies that provide:

  • Quicker and more accurate information to responders

  • Better and more useful forms of information

  • More flexible, secure and robust PSAP operations

  • Lower capital and operating costs

Ng9 1 1 project the goal
NG9-1-1 Project: The Goal Incident Management

Long Term Goal:

To design a system that enables the transmission of voice, data or video from different types of communication devices to the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and onto emergency responder networks.

Major Milestones:

  • National architecture and high-level design for NG9-1-1 System

  • Proof of Concept

  • Transition plan for NG9-1-1 implementation

Ng9 1 1 initiative its considerations
NG9-1-1 Initiative: ITS Considerations Incident Management

  • The ability to generate and communicate new data and information about an emergency incident

  • More effective incident management

  • Safer First Responders

  • Fault tolerant, flexible infrastructure in place to support flow of multi-media forms of data and information from and to all types of devices (e.g., VII, ACN, telematics, highway and traffic information, etc.)

Enhance 911 act pl 108 494
ENHANCE 911 Act (PL 108-494) Incident Management

  • Requires NHTSA and NTIA to coordinate on 9-1-1

    • Create an E9‑1‑1 Implementation Coordination Office (ICO)

      (“National 9-1-1 Office”)

    • Facilitate coordination and communication (incl. FCC and DHS)

  • Grant Program

    • DOT is authorized up to $250 million per year

      (no funds appropriated to date)

Ng9 1 1 project current activity
NG9-1-1 Project: Current Activity Incident Management

  • RFP closed: July 6, 2006 (4:15 p.m.)


  • Evaluating the proposals

  • Continue engaging the stakeholders (public and private)

  • Conduct meeting of Federal agencies

  • Continue monitoring standards development activities

    • Provide the bridge between this initiative and on-going IP-telephony standards development and related activities

Contact information
Contact Information Incident Management

Linda D. Dodge

Public Safety Coordinator

ITS Joint Program Office

U.S. Department of Transportation


[email protected]