[Press.Release] Division of Fire Safety Says Firefighter Certification Process May Have Been Compromised

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Tue May 10 18:08:59 MDT 2011

Division of Fire Safety Investigates Compromises to Its Testing Process
For Immediate Release
10 MAY 2011
Contact: Lance Clem, 303-239-4415 or 303-842-9344 (cell)

The Colorado Division of Fire Safety has launched an investigation into examinations given to certify firefighters following a discovery that a testing proctor may have provided advance copies of the tests to certification candidates, Division Director Kevin Klein disclosed today.

The Division tests and certifies the training of firefighters in Colorado.

The proctor, who assisted in delivering tests to firefighters, is alleged to have copied several versions of the DFS Firefighter I, Firefighter II, HazMat Operations and Fire Instructor I examinations. He is suspected of giving copies of the tests ahead of the actual exams to an unknown number of candidates.

DFS believes the number of firefighters who were given advance copies to be no greater than 100. Candidates from multiple jurisdictions may have received copies of the tests. The cheating may have begun within the past three years, although the exact date has not yet been determined.

DFS, as a result of the investigation, has suspended all testing for the time being. In addition it has developed new versions of the tests. Before the testing compromise was discovered, DFS planned to implement a secure online testing system that should prevent any form of cheating, Klein said. He announced also that DFS has launched a thorough administrative investigation into the alleged cheating and is working with the office of the Colorado Attorney General and local prosecutors to determine the need for a criminal investigation.

Depending on the outcome of the DFS investigation, other steps may be taken by the Division to change the testing process, Klein noted.


Lance Clem
Public Information Officer
Executive Director's Office
Colorado Department of Public Safety
700 Kipling St.
Lakewood, Colorado 80215
303-842-9344 (cell)

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