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Basic Public Information Officer Course (G-290)

This two-day course is intended for participants who deal with the media as part of their job (active Public Information Officers, Fire Chiefs, Police Chiefs, Emergency Management Directors or their deputies) . Its emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency public information activities. Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management (both day-to-day and during incidents or events), news release writing, conducting interviews with the media, and preparing officials to conduct interviews with the media.

Please be specific about your PIO duties and experience when writing your reasons for wanting to attend this course.

This course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Public Information Officer (E388) course at the Emergency Management Institute.

Date(s)  Tue. Jun 22, 2021 8am-4:30pm 
Wed. Jun 23, 2021 8am-4:30pm 
Location Department of Correction
50 Maple Street, Milford MA 01757 
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Building/Room 2nd Floor Training Room 
Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access Yes
Offered By Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
Primary Instructor Besse, Christopher B. 
Additional Instructors Lyons, Tom (IP)   
Course Length Two Days 
Course Hours 16 
Prerequisites All accepted applicants must complete the IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness course prior to attending this class. Further details can be found at:
Target Audience Individuals who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function at the Federal, State, or local levels of government. Selection for entry into this course will be based upon job title and responsibilities. 

To be considered for acceptance into the course, each individual must have a strong internet connection, a computer with microphone and webcam capabilities. Students are required to be in attendance through the entire course. Justifications will be carefully reviewed due to limited seats. Please articulate in the justification field your role with public information.


To ensure adequate participation of the target audience, all registrants will be placed on the waiting list pending approval. Due to limited seats, no more than one representative from each community will be enrolled.  

Contact Please contact MEMA's Training & Exercise Unit at if you have any questions regarding the course or course registration. 

Offering Specific Information

To ensure adequate participation of the target audience, all registrants will be placed on the wait list pending approval. Due to the high demand for this class, Justifications in the "Job Responsibilities Related to Course" section will be carefully reviewed for acceptance into the course. Must have a State issued ID for Entrance into the facility.

To ensure the safety of all participants; please be advised that students will be required to wear a mask and complete a health screening form prior to entering the classroom. 

Please contact Michael Cantrell at with any questions.


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