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DHS course on media offered
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MONROE - Rural first responders are often thrust into the role of a public information officer fielding questions from the news media and working with media outlets to quickly and effectively communicate information to the public.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is offering a free media awareness course certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that provides insight into helping to understand how the media works and how best to work with available media outlets. This 7-hour, instructor-led course, "AWR 209 - Dealing with the Media: A Short Course for Rural First Responders," will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th St., Monroe. The course will give emergency responders the skills and knowledge they need to adopt the role of a public information officer if and when needed and to communicate with the public through the news media.

Participants will learn in both a classroom-lecture setting and through group activities. Many rural first responder organizations do not have a full- or part-time public information officer on staff, making this training a valuable asset in learning more about building media relationships and effective communication skills in disseminating information to the news media.

All training delivered by RDPC is certified by the Department of Homeland Security and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders in qualifying jurisdictions, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency response functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.

Pre-registration is required for this course. The registration deadline is Jan. 2. To register, visit Wisconsin's Training Management System For assistance, contact Kevin Wernet at 608-242-3331 or