Advanced Public Information Officer
E388 Resident 4 days
EMI -- Emmitsburg, Maryland

Winter Term 2005 (October 1, 2005 - March 31, 2006)
Oct 24-28, Dec 12-16, Feb 27-Mar 3

Summer Term 2006 (April 1, 2006 - September 30, 2006)
Apr 24-28, May 22-26, Jun 12-16, Sep 18-22

This advanced course builds on the foundations established in Basic Public Information Officers (G290) by focusing on PIO responsibilities in large-scale emergency situations. This is accomplished through a series of lectures and simulation exercises. Topics include legal issues, risk communication, interpersonal skills, effective communication in emergencies, media relations, and use of the joint information system.

Selection Criteria: None Full-and part-time public information personnel who have completed the Basic Public Information Officers (G290). This requirement can be waived for those individuals who have extensive experience in public information activities. Waiver requests must be submitted and approved in writing before an application will be accepted.

Required: Basic Public Information Officer (G290 which is often taught at the state level) or pre-approved EMI waiver.


2005-2006 Catalog of Classes

Application Information:

Applications for course vacancies must be received at least 6 weeks before the course start date for the applicant to be considered for the course. Vacancies within 6 weeks of the course start date shall only be filled from the established waitlist, so it's important to apply early!

Open application period is May 1 to June 30, 2005 for courses during October 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006

Open application period is November 1 to December 31, 2005 for courses during April 1 to September 30, 2006

General Admission Application forms also are available from FEMA Regional Offices, the NETC Office of Admissions, or they may be downloaded from the USFA Web site at


Firefighters can attend the National Fire Academy once a year with travel, accommodations, and meal expenses paid or attend the Emergency Management Institute as many times as accepted with expenses paid. Review the course catalog for the course dates and be sure to submit your application early.

Ed Glaze
Assistant Chief
Port Mansfield VFD