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Rhode Island State Police headquarters in North Scituate. Sun file photo

NORTH SCITUATE — The acting director of Rhode Island's E-911 call center has been relieved of duties and reassigned to another position after officials said he had been training employees in basic first aid without certification.

Col. James M. Manni, state police superintendent and director of the Department of Public Safety, said the department relieved Gregory Scungio of his duties Wednesday after the problem was discovered. He was replaced as E-911 director by State Police Lt. Michael McGlynn.

According to Manni, the police hired Scungio as acting director with the understanding that he was certified by the American Red Cross to teach basic first aid, CPR and use of automated external defibrillators. However, Scungio's certification had lapsed in February 2016, a fact that affects anyone who received training from him after that time.

"Any employees trained since that time do not have valid certification," Laura Meade Kirk, director of public information for the Department of Public Safety, said in a press release.

Further details, including what role Scungio was reassigned to or how the lapse was discovered, were not released on Thursday.

— Jason Vallee

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