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EMS training suspended in Baltimore after probe finds cheating

Baltimore’s fire chief is suspending emergency medical services training after certification officials uncovered cheating by recruits.

Fire Chief James Clack announced Monday that he is also ordering an internal investigation after a probe by Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, which certifies paramedics and emergency medical technicians, found that EMT students had confidential state testing materials before a test on June 14.

Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright says 20 recruits were set to be tested that day, but it’s not clear yet how many had access to testing materials.

All of the recruits that tested on June 14 will be retested and all sworn members of the fire department will undergo skills testing as part of their EMT recertification process.