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All-Hazards Position Specific Public Information Officer (L-952)

This course is designed for a PIO assigned to an incident as a member of an All-Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMTs), Local IMTs, as well as for the PIO assigned to an incident as an assistant PIO in a variety of capacities. This course will help students develop a strong set of core PIO skills and the ability to apply them within the context of an AHIMT. This course is also distinct from other information function courses in that it combines elements from both the basic and advanced function to concentrate training on the fundamental duties and responsibilities of PIO in an all-hazard environment.

The course material does not assume or require experience as a PIO, but also is not a basic PIO course. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable students to process and apply their new knowledge.

Date(s)  Mon. Mar 27, 2023 8:30am-4:30pm 
Tue. Mar 28, 2023 8:30am-4:30pm 
Wed. Mar 29, 2023 8:30am-4:30pm 
Thu. Mar 30, 2023 8:30am-4:30pm 
Fri. Mar 31, 2023 8:30am-4:30pm 
Location MEMA Region III/IV
1002 Suffield Street, Agawam MA 01001 
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Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access  
Offered By Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
Primary Instructor TBD, To Be Determined 
Course Length 4 Days 
Course Hours
Award Credentials
Prerequisites ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200)
ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (ICS-300)
ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100)
ICS-400: Advanced ICS (ICS-400)
Equivalent Prerequisites
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 ensure adequate participation of the target audience, all registrants will be placed on the waiting list pending approval.  Justifications in the "Job Responsibilities Related to Course" section will be carefully reviewed for acceptance into the course. You will not be considered for a seat unless you provide a detailed justification.

All students will remain on a waitlist until 60 days before the class is conducted to allow for appropriate screening and approval.

Other Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request, including accommodations for special dietary needs when food is provided. To request an accommodation, please include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can provide. Please also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please provide at least two weeks (14 days) advanced notice. Last minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to Sara Parmenter, ADA Coordinator at or call 508-820-2060. 
Contact Jim McLoughlin @ (508) 820-1427 

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