Incident Public Information Officer – Required Training Plans


Are you interested in becoming a Public Information Officer (PIO)?

A PIO is responsible for the creation and release of information regarding incidents to the news media, local communities, incident personnel, management teams, and other agencies and organizations. Anyone can become a PIO, but you do need good communication and writing skills, as well as required training and experience.

The following learning plans cover the training requirements for becoming a PIO, whether you are working at the local, regional, or national level. Each position requirements build on the previous, so you can advance from Technician to Type 1 or stop anywhere in between. You can begin as a PIO Technician (PIOT) by taking the required online training. The PIOT position has no task book requirement, but the more advanced positions require the completion of a task book, satisfactory performance on the job, and the required training. As a Type 3 level Public Information Officer (PIOF), you would be qualified to manage the information function on a Type 3 complexity incident. The Type 2 and Type 1 levels qualify you to manage the information function of Type 2 and Type 1 complexity incidents respectively. The Type 3 level requires task book completion before advancing to the Type 2 level (PIO2). After the completed requirements for the PIO2, you may further advance to the Type 1 level and become a Public Information Officer 1 (PIO1), the most advanced level. All PIOs that receive qualifications through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) are considered national resources and are qualified to respond to wildfires and all-hazard events with Incident Management Teams.

Learning Plans


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