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).


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

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work3
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training30
Total Hours33

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 for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

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