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January 4, 2011
29 Mass. responders face disciplinary action
The Associated Press via The Lowell Sun
HAVERHILL, Mass. — As many as 29 Haverhill firefighters could be fired for allegedly lying to obtain their emergency medical technician recertifications.
Mayor James Fiorentini notified the firefighters named last year by the state as participants in the EMT training scandal that they face unpaid suspensions and possible termination.
The list includes several senior officers, including a deputy chief.
The Eagle-Tribune reports that Fire Chief Richard Borden has recommended the mayor suspend 22 firefighters without pay for 624 hours each — amounting to nearly one-third of their annual pay.
He recommended the other seven firefighters be given unpaid suspensions of approximately 300 hours each.
The president of the firefighters union refused comment.
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