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Baltimore fire department drops EMS training

Baltimore’s fire chief is surrendering his department’s emergency medical services training accreditation.

Chief James Clack announced Tuesday that the department would use training from outside educational institutions instead. He says officials may seek accreditation in the future.

Clack says when the state licensing agency raised questions about cheating at the training academy in June, he learned that the EMS training division had been placed on a one-year provisional status more than a year earlier.

A fire department investigation found recruits were given confidential testing materials they should not have received, but none of them intentionally cheated.

Internal charges were recommended for three instructors and two supervisors related to improper certification of a recruit and one supervisor related to the maintenance of student records and test security.