It is fairly common to see Incident Management trucks driving about populated Utah roads; appearing in a similar fashion to first responder vehicles; equipped with yellow flashing lights, and the tools necessary to help drivers in need.
What is the Purpose of the Utah Incident Management Team?
According to the UDOT website, the mission statement of the Incident Management Team (IMT) is to
“enhance highway safety; to reduce the duration of an incident[,] and to assist disabled motorists in partnership with UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center, Maintenance, [and] Construction and Publish Safety Agencies.”
Meaning, their mission is to keep Utah roadways safe for all drivers by:
- providing necessary assistance to drivers
- and keeping Utah’s roads as free moving as possible
Furthermore, IMT teams are equipped to clear accidents from the roadway, preventing secondary accidents, and restoring traffic flow as quickly as possible.
According to the Department of Public Services, Incident Management Teams are
“a comprehensive resource to either enhance ongoing operations through on-site management of an incident that has overwhelmed local resources or supplements, an already existing management system in providing part or all components/functions of a Command and General Staff.”
Furthermore, Incident Management Teams help facilitate synergy between different first responder groups as they work to accomplish their individual goals. For example, IMTs provide protection to first responder units by using effective traffic control technics, limiting traffic disruptions. In this way, first responders do not have to worry about the danger posed by oncoming traffic as they continue to render care and investigate the incident at hand.
How Incident Management Teams Differ From Law Enforcement
Incident Management Teams, although trained as first responders, do not have the same policing powers as law enforcement officials. Their primary goal is to provide assistance to law enforcement at certain incident scenes, and not investigate the circumstances of the incident. For example, IMTs do not investigate auto accidents, however, they do provide assistance to law enforcement officials.
Furthermore, IMTs when responding to roadway incidents may file only a basic incident report. Comparatively, law enforcement officers will investigate an incident scene and will provide a more detailed report. Additionally, the sole purpose of Incident Management Teams is to patrol densely populated roadways in search of distressed drivers. Whereas, law enforcement officers have a multifaceted job, meaning they are not always on patrol looking for drivers in distress.
What Does the Future of Utah Incident Management Look Like?
Currently, the Utah Incident Management Team operates mostly in population-dense areas along the Wasatch front. Their team is equipped to respond to events statewide, however, their ability to respond will be based on the need for their team’s resources; responding to the most pressing incidents. According to the team’s website, they are working toward having their services available 24/7.
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