Ex-Iowa fire academy manager gets probation in test scandal

NEVADA, Iowa – A former Iowa fire academy administrator has been given two years probation for falsifying test scores that were used to falsely certify thousands of firefighters.

Former Fire service Training Bureau certification manager, John McPhee also was sentenced Wednesday in Story County district Court to a suspended term of imprisonment of five years. He was fined $750 and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service. He Had pleaded guilty to felony misconduct in office after making a deal with the prosecutors.

McPhee was arrested in January, when the Iowa Department of Public Safety announced that 1,706 fire and emergency services were nationally recognized certifications despite, in the absence of written exams. The total found eventually reached 2,445. The authorities say that McPhee assigned passing scores for the exams, without having to check or correct for years.

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