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Training Announcement: Basic PIO Course (G290)


February 23, 2012


Basic Information Officer Course (G290)

April 4 & 5, 2012

The Maine Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a training seminar on the Federal Emergency Management Agency training program for Public Information Officers (PIO). In order to be NIMS compliant all agencies must have a designated and trained Public Information Officer.

This 2-day course is intended for the new or less experienced PIO. Program emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities. Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing public speaking, and television interviews.


Completion of FEMA Public Information Officer Awareness Course (G289 or IS-29) is a prerequisite for attendance of the program. IS-29 is an online course, found at:

Please include a copy of the certificate of completion of the prerequisite with application.

Selection Criteria:

State, County and local emergency management and emergency services staff who have either full or part time direct responsibility for public information in their communities or departments. Applicants will include an organizational chart indicating their position in local or departmental public information functions. Students should bring copies of their PIO plan to the class. A laptop computer, if available, is also helpful.


Lynette Miller, MEMA PIO, and Mike Grant, MEMA Training Officer will serve as instructors.

Course Location:

The course will be held at the Town of Hampden Public Safety facility located at 106 Western Avenue in Hampden. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided; lodging is available upon qualification. Please contact MEMA training for prior approval. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.

For More Information:

For further information or to register, please contact Lynette or Mike at MEMA.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form found on the MEMA Training Office web page.



Mike Grant or Lynette Miller


Last update: 07/20/10