More firefighters told their certification tests were improperly scored

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Des Moiines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) says an additional 739 firefighters are being notified that their certification tests were improperly scored by the Fire Training Safety Bureau. State Fire Marshal Division Special Agent in Charge Steve DeJoode says the firefighters were not included in the original notification due to a clerical error.

Some 17-hundred firefighters were notified that some 22-hundred certifications were improperly scored when the letters first went out. He says the program used to send out the first letters failed to pull out all of the names.

The former certification and accreditation coordinator, John McPhee, was placed on paid administrative leave in April, and then charged in January with felonious misconduct in office and tampering with records for improperly certifying the tests. DeJoode says firefighters have been offered the chance to retake the test for free.

DeJoode says they’ve adjust to be sure the certifications are now properly handled.

DeJoode says each individual department determines how the certification process impacts firefighters.

He says firefighters pay 50 dollars for the certification and have three attempts to pass. The latest round of letters impacts firefighters in 94 departments.

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