National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Public Information Officer Type 2

PIO2 decorative banner: photos depicting PIO2 position.  PIO2 position description: The Public Information Officer (PIO2), 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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PIO2 Qualification Requirements

The qualification pathway for this position is discontinued per NWCG direction on January, 2023. Responders with an active PTB will transition to the corresponding complex position PTB.

Physical Fitness Level: None Required

Position does not require a physical fitness level.

These Positions Maintain Currency For PIO2

  • Public Information Officer Complex (PIOC)
  • Public Information Officer Type 1 (PIO1)
  • Public Information Officer Type 3 (PIO3)

PIO2 Maintains Currency For These Positions

  • Public Information Officer Complex (PIOC)
  • Public Information Officer Type 1 (PIO1)
  • Public Information Officer Type 3 (PIO3)

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills

PIO2 Position Endorsement Requirements, 2022

The position for this endorsement is currently being evaluated to the new standards for Complex Incident Management, for current information regarding this change, please contact your NIMSIC representative.

Alternative Pathways to NWCG Qualification




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