CPR instructor accused of selling certifications to Calif. EMTs
At least 100 paramedics have not been properly certified; officials are now trying to determine just how far the problem spread
NBC Bay Area
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — At least 100 first responders in the South Bay may not have been properly certified.
The CPR certifications for paramedics and firefighters in the South Bay are in question after new allegations that the person who certified some of them broke the law. A large number of Rural/Metro ambulance service’s paramedics and EMTs had to spend three hours of their weekend in advanced CPR training after state investigators alerted Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services that their credentials were not in order.
The company says it had more than 100 affected emergency responders take the course. Every two years, paramedics and emergency medical technicians have to take a CPR refresher course, a $20 course available on-line.