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50 Firefighters Suspended Over Fake Medical Training

50 Firefighters Suspended Over Fake Medical Training

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

June 27, 2011

BOSTON – The Boston Fire Department suspended 54 firefighters yesterday who were among more than 200 EMTs who state investigators say faked medical training certifications in a fraudulent scheme that came to light last year.

While many private ambulance companies planned to fire emergency medical technicians named in the state public health investigation, the Boston Fire Department began its own yearlong inquiry that concluded yesterday, the department said.

“They did not follow established procedures when they were going to be recertified,’’ said Fire Department spokesman Stephen McDonald. “The state made us aware of it, and we did an investigation.’’