Washington State Emergency Management Division

*Cancelled* AWR-209 Working with the Media: A Short Course for Rural First Responders

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Course Description


AWR 209 Working with the Media: A Short Course for Emergency Responders is designed to provide emergency responders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to interact with the media and perform public information functions in preparation for and during incidents. Many agencies from small and rural communities do not have a full- or part-time public information officer (PIO) on staff and responders often assume this responsibility without formal training and practice. The intent of this course is to prepare responders for interacting with the media when required, whether it be roadside at the scene of an incident or for conveying directions to the public in a crisis situation.



Course Objectives
  • Manage camera crews that show up unannounced at an incident scene.
  • Know how to handle and control high-pressure TV interviews.
  • Know where to look and what to say during the interview.
  • Develop standard operating guidelines for responding to reporter calls.
  • Use the Internet and social media for educating the public on hazards


You have to be a US Citizen. Permanent US Resident Aliens or Green Card Holders are treated as US Citizens for the purpose of attending training funded by DHS/FEMA. They do not have to be vetted through FEMA Security and FEMA International Affairs.



  • IS-100 (any version)
  • IS-700 (any version)


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Target Audience


· Emergency Management


· Emergency Medical Services


· Fire Service


· Governmental Administrative


· Law Enforcement


· Health Care


· Public Health


Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 7

If you need accommodations, like an ASL interpreter, please contact our office 4 weeks in advance ( to give us enough time to coordinate with DSHS and other agencies. We cannot guarantee to fulfill any requirements we get this information in less than 4 weeks before class starts. Thank you for your cooperation!


Snohomish County DEM Training Room

720 80th Street SW, Bldg A.
Everett, WA 98203

Click here for directions

Course Manager

Damaris Deschner Li

State Training Coordinator

Washington EMD



Local POC:

Mark Murphy

Snohomish County Emergency Management




This class is canceled!