ASP104 – 36.00 Hours

Schedule

Dates Location Class Price
Details 07/25/22 – 07/29/22 College Station, TX FP ASP104 18 $665.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or esti@teex.tamu.edu to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This course covers topics necessary to work as a Public Information Officer (PIO), such as:

  • ethics
  • legal issues
  • policies
  • the media
  • scene management
  • news conferences

As part of the course, you will present information on camera about a simulated incident, prepare written press releases, and learn how to prepare for news-media interviews.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Attire

  • Regular station duty wear for fire field activities
  • Office attire for classroom sessions.
  • You may not wear to any class or field activity
    • shorts
    • sleeveless shirts
    • open-toed shoes

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.

Topics

  • The Public Information Officer
  • Ethics, Legal Issues, Policies
  • The Media
  • Developing positive relationships with the media
  • Gathering information
  • Getting the information to the media
  • Scene Management
  • Multi-agency operations
  • News Conferences
  • Reaching the Community
  • Review and Exam

Suggested Audience

All Emergency response personnel, including fire prevention, suppression, control and safety personnel.

Other Information

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Course size limit

30 students

Registration Requirements

We have streamlined the process for payment via Texas A&M Forest Service funding (H.B. 2604 or TIFMAS Grant Assistance Program). Before you register for a course, you must attain approval from the Texas A&M Forest Service for training tuition. On your approval letter there will be a voucher approval number. Each student approved for tuition grant assistance will need this number.

Register for your course through your TEEX student portal. On the payment section, choose “Purchase Order” and enter the “VFDE” number (for example “E123456”). If your department was approved for multiple students, each student up to the maximum approved in the training tuition request may use the same VFDE number. If the total amount due is greater than the total amount allowed by the tuition voucher, the individual/department will be responsible for the difference. You are no longer required to email or fax the approval letter to TEEX/ESTI unless it is specifically requested by TEEX staff. 

The PO contact email needs to be either yourself or a responsible person within your organization.

A new data field has been added to the payment process. The Tax ID (Tax Payer ID, EIN or FEIN) will be the number assigned to your organization. The field is required and needs to be in the following format: xx-xxxxxxx.

Late Registration

The full rate will be applied after the early-bird registration deadline.

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