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Working with The Media: A Course for Rural First Responders

September 13, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Working with the Media – A Course for Rural First Responders

No prior coursework needed.

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Sign up by August 30 at this Registration Link

A FEMA Student ID is required to attend this class – register at

AWR 209 is a DHS/FEMA-certified, 7-hour, tuition-free course designed to provide rural first responders with the skills and knowledge to quickly adopt the role of public information officer (PIO) if/when needed and to communicate with the public through the media. Many rural first responder organizations do not have a full or part-time PIO on staff. Therefore, in the event that a first responder is thrust into the role of PIO, whether it be roadside at the scene of an emergency or detailing directions to the public in a crisis situation, it is important to understand how the media works and how to work with the available media outlets. Topics include:

  • Utilizing the media in emergency and public awareness situations
  • Working with the media at the scene of an emergency
  • Anticipating what news agencies want from the responders at the scene of an emergency
  • Giving interviews that work
  • Writing effective news releases that will be read

Who Should Attend:

  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Healthcare
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health

    Questions? Email Joseph Mriss at 


September 13, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Clayton Fire Co.
300 East Street
Clayton, DE 19938 United States
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