Clack said he is reaching out to universities and fire training programs to help out. Those arrangements could become permanent, he said, if they prove cost-effective and provide adequate training.
Fugate added that he supported Clack's decision to end the city's EMS training program because cooperating with MIEMSS may make recertification simpler down the road. Fugate said recruits caught up in the investigation were "victims" who were misled.
Fugate's union does not represent the instructors who were charged by the department.
Rick Hoffman, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 734, which represents firefighters who are not officers, learned Monday evening about the department's move to end EMS training. He refrained from commenting because he had not spoken with Clack about the decision.
The decision to end EMS training creates another hurdle during a recruiting ramp-up period for the Fire Department. The class that was under investigation was only the second at the fire academy in more than a year. The department stopped hiring until last fall because of the city's shrinking budget.