S-203, Introduction to Incident Information

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to serve as Public Information Officers (PIOF). The course covers establishing and maintaining an incident information operation, communicating with internal and external audiences, working with the news media, handling special situations, and long term planning and strategy.

Course Objective:

  • Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge of a Public Information Officer (PIOF) by successfully participating in a simulation and passing a written exam.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment3
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training30
Total Hours33

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-203 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

Public Information Officer (PIOF).

Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Public Information Officer (PIOF).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Associated Position Task Books

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