54 Boston Firefighters Cited in Training Scheme

July 1, 2011
By Parker Scheer LLP on July 1, 2011 10:54 AM |

The Boston Fire Department is has been plagued by negative headlines, including multiple allegations of disability abuse, reports of two firefighters in West Roxbury who were reportedly under the influence of drugs when they attempted to put out a fire, and most recently, allegations of faking medical training certifications.

The Boston Fire Department on Thursday June 23, reportedly suspended 54 firefighters who were among the more than 200 EMT's statewide who investigators say, faked medical training certifications. The Department announced the suspensions following a yearlong internal investigation.

In 2010, two instructors were accused of falsifying records for 213 emergency medics, who received credit for training classes that never took place. These classes ranged anywhere from basic refresher courses to advance cardiac life support training. The current Department investigation found that 20 of the 54 suspended firefighters twice received false falsified certifications, and the other 34 received them once.

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