National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Public Information Officer Subcommittee

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Mission Statement

The Public Information Officer Subcommittee (PIOSC) provides national leadership in all areas of wildland fire public information management.

Primary Objectives

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  • Establish and regularly update incident position information related to wildland fire incident public information. This includes position standards, qualifications requirements, and performance support materials such as job aids, training courses, and position task books. Provide position input to other committees as necessary.
  • Develop wildland fire public information best practices that ensure timely, accurate and reliable information.
  • Coordinate with pertinent stakeholders and cooperators to provide all-inclusive messaging, information, assistance and subject matter expertise in wildland fire public information management.
  • Contribute to the standardization of information technology systems (such as FireNet, IROC, etc.) to collect and distribute data, processes, forms, and other operational elements.

NWCG PIO Positions

A table outlining the position roles and responsibilities for all four PIO positions is linked below.

What type of PIO are you?

This graphic is designed to explain the new PIO positions and updates for 2023; this will aid PIOs in deciding when and how to proceed with training and development.

NWCG Public Information Officer Social Media References and Guidance

This document is intended to direct Public Information Officers and others to information and references for appropriate guidance on the use of social media. Although much of this information is agency-specific, many of the concepts and best practices referenced are broadly applicable across the wide range of incidents that public information officers support. Feedback should be directed to your PIOSC agency representative.



Chris Barth
NWCG Coordinator: 
Sarah Lee
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