Public Information Officer Type 1*

PIO1 decorative banner: photos depicting PIO1 position. PIO1 position description: The Public Information Officer (PIO1), a member of the Command Staff, is responsible for the formulation and release of information about the incident to the news media, local communities, incident personnel, other appropriate agencies and organizations, and for the management of all Public Information Officers assigned to the incident.

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The Forest Service and Department of Interior are enabled by Administratively Determined Pay Plans (AD Pay Plans) to hire persons for temporary duration for the following reasons:

  1. To cope with a sudden and unexpected emergency caused by a fire, or extreme fire potential, flood, storm, or any other all-hazard emergency that threatens damage to federally protected property, has the potential to cause loss of life, serious injury, public health risk, or damage to natural or cultural resources unless brought under immediate control.
  2. To provide emergency assistance to States under formalized agreements.
  3. To meet mission assignments issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Business Committee (IBC) reviews positions annually and establishes pay rate classifications for each position.

For more information on the AD Pay Plans, go to

Oct 2021

May 2021

Draft Incident Position Description (IPD) created.

Oct 2018

Added “Individuals utilizing this pathway must complete the Public Information Officer Course (E/L952) prior to position qualification.”

Oct 2015

Addition of bridging experience pathways for qualified OSC1, LSC1, and PSC1 to move into the PIO1 position.

Jun 2011

Added Annual Fireline Safety Refresher (RT-130) as Required Training.

Jan 2006

Position created. Replaced IOF1.


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