This course provides participants course work and hands-on training for the position of Public Information Officer (PIO) on a Type 2 Incident Management Team. It covers the role and responsibilities of a PIO, duties required of the PIO in all types of incidents, how to establish and organize an Information Office appropriate for the incident, and discusses key functions of the Information Office. Instructional methods include lectures, class discussions, graded evaluations, and group exercises. A certificate of course completion will be awarded to those students who have 100% attendance and who obtain a total course score of 70% or higher.
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, 300, and 400, and IS-700b and IS-800c, and who have been identified to be a part of an Incident Management Team.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Define the role and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer (PIO) within the Incident Command System (ICS) structure
Identify the major functions of the PIO and their specific responsibilities
Describe the duties and assignments of PIO assistants
Be able to correctly apply the Crisis Communication plan during a nationally significant incident
Describe the U.S. EPA structure for managing data during a nationally significant incident
Explain how the PIO interacts, within the ICS structure, with EPA Regional Offices and EPA Headquarters
Describe the approval process for communication products
Understand the roles and responsibility of the PIO to community relations
Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at