National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-203, Introduction to Incident Information, 2008

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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.


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

Target Group

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

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



S-203 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 3
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 30
Total Hours 33

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The Lead instructor must be a qualified Type 2 Public Information Officer (PIO2).

Unit instructors must be qualified as a Public Information Officer (PIOF).

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 1998-02


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