Florida Association of Public Information Officers

The Public Information Officers Section of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association

 

This section provides training for all public information officers through the development and coordination of a wide range of training opportunities and an informative newsletter. The section is governed by a section council. If you are currently a PIO or are interested in entering the field and are on the staff of a public sector agency, be it police, fire, health department, hospital, the Red Cross or other public service agency, we encourage you to join FAPIO today!

Statewide Public Information Officer (PIO) Deployment Team

The Florida Association of Public Information Officers (FAPIO), a section of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association (FFCA), has established a statewide Public Information Officer (PIO) Deployment Team that coordinates the voluntary deployment of experienced PIOs to localities that require additional public communications capability during an emergency.

Section Council
Chairperson

Mike Jachles, PIO
Orange County Fire Rescue Department
954.261.1453

Vice-Chair and Region 3

Jeremy Robshaw, Captain, PIO
St. Johns County Fire Rescue
904.209-1750

Secretary and Region 6

Susan Lindermuth, Director of Public Affairs
Estero Fire Rescue
239.390.8000

At-Large Member

Don DeLucia, PIO, Retired
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
561.965.1969

 FFCA Board Liaison

Ty Silcox, Fire Chief
Fernandina Beach Fire Department
904.277.7331

Region 1 - Panhandle

Corey Dobridnia, PIO
Walton County Sheriff's Office
850.892.8186

Region 2 - Tallahassee area

Mike Bellamy. Captain, PIO
Tallahassee Fire Department
850.264.7420

Region 4 - Tampa-St. Pete Area

Holley Wade, PIO
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

Region 5 - Orlando/Central Florida

Shelley Szafraniec, Marketing Specialist
Volusia County Government

Region 7 - Southeast, FL Joel Gordon, Battalion Chief, PIO
Plantation Fire Department
954.797.2150

Goals

Florida's PIO Deployment Team provides support to localities that require additional public communications capability during an emergency.  The PIO Deployment Team works with local public affairs officers to provide people in the incident area with the most accurate and timely information possible. Florida's PIO Deployment Team provides support to localities that require additional public communications capability during an emergency. The PIO Deployment Team works with local public affairs officers to provide people in the incident area with the most accurate and timely information possible.

Deployment Application and Letter.pdf     View
How to Join.pdf   View
Joint Information Center Guiidelines.pdf   View
Statewide Public Information Officers.pdf   View
Team Handbook.pdf   View

Press Release Templates

  Advisories for health and safety in recovery.pdf   View
  As You Rebuild.pdf   View
  Brevard handout.pdf   View
  Caring for your pets after a disaster.pdf   View
  Chain saw safety.pdf   View
  Cleaning food and kitchen items.pdf   View
  Cleaning up mold in your home.pdf   View
  E coli in flood waters.pdf   View
  Electrical safety during cleanup.pdf   View
  Extreme Heat.pdf   View
  FAQ Traumatic events.pdf   View
  Generators in disaster situations.pdf   View
  Heart attack know the warning signs.pdf   View
  Heat stress in the elderly.pdf   View
  Helping children cope with fear and anxiety.pdf   View
  Home clean-up after the storm.pdf   View
  Information for Pet Owners.pdf   View
  Ladder safety protecting yourself from falls.pdf   View
  Mold in water-damaged buildings.pdf   View
  Motor vehicle safety after the storm.pdf   View
  Norovirus FAQ.pdf   View
  On camera.pdf   View
  Post Storm Fish Kills.pdf   View
  Prevent injury and illness after the storm.pdf   View
  Preventing Electrocutions from generators plugged into household circuits.pdf   View
  Protect yourself and others from electrical hazards.pdf   View
  Protect_yourself from animal and insect hazards.pdf   View
  Release template-Martin Co.pdf   View
  Risks to water supply.pdf   View
  Tetanus shots for those who suffer wounds.pdf   View
  Tips for survivors of a traumatic event.pdf   View
  What is a Boil Water notice.pdf      View

PIO Training

 

Joint Information Center Guidelines.pdf       View
Regional Domestic Security Taskforce.pdf   View