The acting director of Rhode Island’s 911 emergency system has been removed from his post after State Police learned he’d been training 911 call takers in CPR without proper certification.
The revelations come less than 48 hours after The Public’s Radio requested verification of Gregory M. Scungio’s Red Cross certifications in an email to Rhode Island State Police. The inquiry was part of an ongoing examination of emergency medical services in Rhode Island, in conjunction with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network.
Col. James Manni, who took over as superintendent of the agency last month, said in a statement released Wednesday night that Scungio’s certification from the Red Cross to teach Basic First Aid, CPR and operate an AED expired in February of 2016. Therefore any employees Scungio trained since that time do not have valid certification.
A spokesperson for the State Police said they plan to properly certify all 32 of the center’s call takers and eight managers by next Wednesday.
Rhode Island State Police Lt. Michael McGlynn will take over as acting director of 911.
Scungio has been reassigned to another position. He did not reply to an email seeking comment.