COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - EMS officials are accusing some Collier firefighters of cheating on a test. Now, commissioners are asking the state to investigate the claim.
EMS Chief Jeff Page told commissioners that firefighters received the test as a study guide via email, which he says wasn't supposed to happen.
"It included photos of the actual test that was given," said Chief Page.
The test was administered by Richard Gonzales. Gonzales is the private owner of the Medical Career Institute in Bonita Springs.
"I possibly made a mistake of giving the exact study guide as the actual exam," said Gonzales.
EMTs pay to emt's pay to go through Gonzales' course, if they pass then they can take the state test to become a paramedic.
On Tuesday, Gonzales told commissioners he contacted the state and they told him to re-submit the test. He says he did and doesn't understand why the county is getting involved.
"Two people from North Naples failed out," said Gonzales. "If they had the exam would they have failed? The answer is no."
Medical Career Institute student and North Naples firefighter Eloy Ricardo says it was all a political move by Collier EMS leaders.
"No, there's no way they're cheating," said Ricardo.
Collier commissioners decided to stay away from making any judgements and voted to ask the state to investigate.
This is the second time Collier County EMS has accused North Naples firefighters of cheating. Last time, the state found no basis to investigate.