EMT recruits are accused of cheating on state exams

Emergencies happen everyday on the streets, but now the city's fire chief has his own. Twenty men and women who want to ride in an ambulance and give pre-hospital medical care are accused of cheating.

Chief James Clack received a letter from the state agency that certifies EMTs.

"They sent me a letter about a month ago and said that they had found a practical exam test document that's supposed to be confidential, it's a state document, laying out in our training facility," said Chief Clack.

That document was found on June 14 at the facility located on Northern Parkway. The exam sets up a practical scenario for recruits to demonstrate their ability to care for injured patients.

David Esposito took the state exam and now volunteers in Anne Arundel County.

"It's very important. You don't want to get into an ambulance and have something go terribly wrong and you don't know what to do," said Esposito.

Chief Clack says anyone who's been involved with training and testing the class will be part of the investigation. Esposito says there was no way he could get his hands on a test before the exam.

"I don't think it's possible. However they got it, it has to do with their teacher really," said Esposito.

The chief is closing down the training center until the investigation is complete, disappointed that a few can damage the reputation of the entire department.

"They're some of the best EMTs and paramedics in the country, and this kind of casts a shadow on that, unfortunately. And it reflects on all of us, all 1800 of us," said Chief Clack.

The 20 recruits are still in training, not acting as EMTs. They will be retested with a different exam to make sure they meet Maryland standards.





 

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