Before the 9/11 attacks, ICS training was exercised nearly exclusively on fire-based incidents. Recognizing the applicability and sincere need for NIMS principles across incident response disciplines, an “all-hazards” approach to training will be embraced in this course.
With an “all-hazards” approach, this course will focus on how a Public Information Officer (PIO) needs to fundamentally possess the same core knowledge, skills, and abilities whether they are responding to a fire, an oil spill, a mass-casualty incident, or another incident. In other words, regardless of the hazard, discipline, or incident, the essential job of a Public Information Officer is the same.
This course uses lecture, discussion, student participation, and activities to focus on understanding the behaviors, duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective PIO on a Type 3 AHIMT.
The intended audience(s) are Federal, state, tribal, and/or local level emergency responders who may be designated as a Public Information Officer (PIO) on their local or state IMT. The materials were developed with the assumption that audience members may have little or no actual experience as a member of an AHIMT.
The audience may include students from a variety of agencies and functional disciplines, including fire service, law enforcement, emergency management, public works departments, as well as public health organizations, medical emergency teams, and hospitals.
NIMS ICS specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly required assigned to function under the Incident Command System (ICS), by personnel who may be called upon to function in a Command, Staff, or Unit Leader position on a Type III or IV AHIMT, or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions.
IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.
If you have specific questions about this course contact GREGORY DOTY
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