Basic Public Information Officer (PIO) - G290-009

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Full Description
Course Dates:
July 16 & 17, 2019
8:00AM - 5:00PM both days

This FEMA Advanced Professional Series (APS) elective course is intended for the new or less experienced Public Information Officer (PIO). It is also approved for 16 hours of AZPOST Continuing Education Credit for Certified Law Enforcement Personnel. The emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities. Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, news release writing, public speaking and television interviews. Students will write a press release, do a video-taped practice interview and final interview. They will then receive feedback from the instructor(s) and their peers on these three activities.

Target Audience:
Emergency management personnel, including fire and law enforcement with either full or part-time responsibilities for public information at the state, tribal, or local level of government.
Training Dates
07/16/2019 - 07/17/2019
None Specified
Registration Dates
01/17/2019 - 07/17/2019
Available Seats
16h 0m
None Specified
Training Location
Pima County Office of Emergency Management
3434 E 22nd St
Room 308
Tucson, AZ  85713
Resources Required
Recommended Prerequisites:

G289: PIO Awareness is a recommended pre-requisite & is presented in classroom format.

The online independent study course, IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness, can be taken as an alternative to G289: PIO Awareness & can be found online at:
Reporting Instructions
None Specified
Signup Details
This course is an elective for FEMA's Advanced Professional Series (APS) program.

*Enrollment Policy: Students must have the status of “Enrolled” to attend any class or event. Students who are “Waitlisted” or “Pending Approval” will not be allowed to attend the class. If a student needs to cancel enrollment, please do so as early as possible to allow someone on the waitlist to be enrolled.

*Attendance Policy: Students must attend at least 90% of the class to be able to receive credit. Should a student need to miss any portion of the class, they must contact the DEMA Training Branch beforehand for further information.

*This course qualifies for AZ POST continuing training credit. If you are a Law Enforcement Officer & would like to request a POST Certificate, contact the DEMA Training Branch at or 602-464-6225 once you have successfully completed this course.


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