PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police announced Wednesday that the acting director of the state’s E-911 emergency telephone system was relieved of duty following an investigation that revealed he was training telecommunicators in First Aid, CPR and AED without the proper certification.
According to Col. James Manni, Gregory Scungio was certified by the American Red Cross to teach Basic First Aid, CPR and AED, but his certification lapsed in February 2016.
Manni said because of his lapse in certification, any of the E-911 employees that were trained by Scungio do not have a valid certification.
Eyewitness News has learned half of the state’s 40 operators will need to be retrained. State Police confirm this will cost $2,000.
Scungio has now been reassigned to a different position in the E-911 communications center. Manni said State Police Lt. Michael McGlynn will take over as acting director.
State Police say all employees will be retrained by Wednesday. Until then, a registered nurse will be present at E-911 to assist the operators.