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New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Information Officer (IMT 403)

Location: 
New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 26 Hours. Version 3: 40 hours.

Dates: 

Version 1: January 2002 - October 2008.  Version 2: November 2008 - November 2013. Version 3: December 2013 - June 2018.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and document incident information, develop an effective public communication plan; facilitate a professional media and community relations environment. Version 3: Same as Version 1 and 2, additionally, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Public Information Officer on an AHIMT; identify course objective and position-specific resource materials for the position of Public Information Officer; describe the role and importance of the Public Information Officer in incident operations, especially as it pertains to initial incident operations; outline the fundamentals of information operations during incident management; develop a communications strategy for disseminating incident information; outline the importance of effective media relations and the role of the Public Information Officer in developing and maintaining such relationships; explain how the Public Information Officer may establish and leverage effective community relations; define the role of the Public Information Officer as it pertains to handling special situations within incidents and how the Officer can keep him/herself and those they escort and work with safe in the incident environment; and define the Public Information Officer roles and responsibilities during incident transition and demobilization.

Instruction: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: Major topics include: information organization and assignment, developing a communication strategy, information operations, safety; media relations, community relations analysis, and documentation, demobilization, and transition.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/ associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Emergency Medical Services Management, Criminal Justice Administration, or Public Administration (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/ associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, EMS Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Communications or Public Administration (10/08). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/ associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, EMS Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Communications or Public Administration (6/13 revalidation).

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