Bureau That Trains Iowa Firefighters Under Investigation



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AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has launched an investigation into the agency that has been training Iowa firefighters since 1923.

Officials announced Friday the investigation involves scoring and certification processes for individuals who took classes from the Fire Service Training Bureau. The Bureau provides a variety of training courses, certification and other services.

The DCI is working with the Story County Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office about criminal charges.

The bureau’s former Chief Randal Novak retired on June 2 after serving as chief since 2001.  He was placed on paid administrative leave on April 25. Certification and Accreditation Coordinator John McPhee was also placed on paid administrative leave on April 25. He has been with the bureau since 1998.

Officials did not release additional details about the investigation.

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