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NY paramedic training program suspended for possible fraud

A FOIA request revealed problems that included two paramedics passing the course without being present, and an evaluator who was not state certified

By EMS1 Staff

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. — An Onondaga County paramedic training program that was shut down last month faced a number of violations, including possible fraud.

The program — a refresher course to maintain state ALS certification — was shuttered due to “deficiencies in our paperwork,” County Emergency Management Commissioner Kevin Wisely said at the time.  But a Freedom of Information request by local media outlet CNY Central revealed a number of problems that included two paramedics passing the exam even though they weren’t present for it. 

The “Statement of Deficiencies” also showed students evaluated other students, a session was held at Rural/Metro ambulance when the state had placed the provider’s paramedic program on probation, improper evaluators were used, and one evaluator was not state certified.

After the program was suspended, 35 paramedics were ordered to retake the Practical Skills Exam.

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Rose Branham Blackwell Rose Branham Blackwell Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:07:17 PM WOW....
John Zahn John Zahn Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:16:46 PM there are programs all over that need to be investigated
Tom Webster Tom Webster Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:31:10 PM Rural Metro... Go figure...
Joe Rolleri Joe Rolleri Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:01:02 PM Love those paid services......
Stu Cozza Stu Cozza Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:39:37 AM Gail W. must be rolling over in her grave and shaking her head in sheer disgust... this is a black mark on the "Johnny & Roy" image that for so many years was a hallmark of the Emergency Medical Services. :(
Dave Leclair Dave Leclair Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:36:51 AM Suspended? TERMINATED would be better. CIC, students, Course Sponsor and Medical Control should be thoroughly investigated and HARSH punishments should be invoked. I worry about how many patients may have been put in jeopardy. Scares me.
Jason Haas Jason Haas Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:36:43 AM This involves the County Paramedic program, not Rural/Metro. The douche Kenyon just doesn't do his job and research the fact. You'd think he works for the enquirer.
Thomas Rotella Thomas Rotella Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:00:12 AM He just did a stunning report on the garbage service in Solvay.
Expose on Philippines EMS Expose on Philippines EMS Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:43:58 AM
Beth Murray Clark Beth Murray Clark Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:53:22 AM They can't be terminated until the investigation is concluded.
Martial BrotherKnowledge Lee Martial BrotherKnowledge Lee Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:33:37 PM Every. Single. Person. Who had ANYTHING to do with the fraudulent happenings that was going on should be fired, and their licenses revoked. And any and all people aware of what was going on, including the students who were "evaluating each other" (give me a break!) should also be fired, and also jave their licenses revoked. Permanently.
Julie Reynolds Healy Julie Reynolds Healy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:34:34 PM wow
Tj Hawkins Tj Hawkins Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:54:41 PM he does BS stories.
Pierre Lebouef Pierre Lebouef Thursday, August 07, 2014 5:54:04 PM Damn, no one in charge?

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