ASP104 – 36.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This course covers topics necessary to work as a Public Information Officer (PIO), such as:

  • ethics
  • legal issues
  • policies
  • the media
  • scene management
  • news conferences

As part of the course, you will present information on camera about a simulated incident, prepare written press releases, and learn how to prepare for news-media interviews.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


  • Regular station duty wear for fire field activities
  • Office attire for classroom sessions.
  • You may not wear to any class or field activity
    • shorts
    • sleeveless shirts
    • open-toed shoes

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.


  • The Public Information Officer
  • Ethics, Legal Issues, Policies
  • The Media
  • Developing positive relationships with the media
  • Gathering information
  • Getting the information to the media
  • Scene Management
  • Multi-agency operations
  • News Conferences
  • Reaching the Community
  • Review and Exam

Suggested Audience

All Emergency response personnel, including fire prevention, suppression, control and safety personnel.

Other Information


Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Course size limit

30 students

Registration Requirements

Annual Schools require that you use the online registration system. If you are using a Purchase Order (including H.B. 2604 voucher) please place the number in the PO field for payment. Please know we must have a copy of the PO or voucher within 48 hours of your registration or you will be canceled out of the class.

Late Registration

The full rate will be applied after the early-bird registration deadline.

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