This course covers topics necessary to work as a Public Information Officer (PIO), such as:
- legal issues
- 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.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Regular station duty wear for fire field activities
- Office attire for classroom sessions.
- You may not wear to any class or field activity
- sleeveless shirts
- open-toed shoes
TopicsThe 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 AudienceAll Emergency response personnel, including fire prevention, suppression, control and safety personnel.
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Course size limit
Annual Schools require that you use the online registration system. If you are using a Purchase Order (including H.B. 2604 voucher) please place the number in the PO field for payment. Please know we must have a copy of the PO or voucher within 48 hours of your registration or you will be canceled out of the class.
The full rate will be applied after the early-bird registration deadline.