S-203 Intro to Incident Info
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Contact hours total
Instructor approval based on agency nomination.
Provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to serve as public information officers (PIOF). Includes 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. This course is an NWCG certified course.
The following learning outcomes are those of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
1. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge of a public information officer (PIOF).
2. Demonstrate incident information principles, tools, and techniques.
3. Identify media access issues that require direction from the Incident Commander.
4. Describe the Public Information Officer’s role and importance in working with the media and residents of communities affected by incidents.
5. Describe tools and techniques to keep internal audiences and cooperators informed and involved.
6. Produce a long-term strategy document based on an incident.
• The Roles and Responsibilities of PIOFs
• Initial Stages - from Mobilization to Action
• Incident Information Operations
• Gathering and Assembling Information
• Working with the News Media
• Media 101
• Fostering Good Media Relations
• Media Interview Exercise
• Working with Key Audiences
• Community Relations
• Internal Audiences and Cooperators
• Long-Term Planning and Strategy
• Incident Simulation
All material is provided to the student.
Students are assessed with exercises, media interview scenarios, quizzes, final exam and incident simulation.