Acting Director of 911 in Rhode Island Relieved of Duty by State Police

Thursday, March 14, 2019


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The Rhode Island State Police relieved the Acting Director of E-911 in RI of duty.

The Acting Director of Rhode Island's E-911 Emergency Telephone System has been relieved of duty after State Police learned he had been training telecommunicators in Basic First Aid, CPR and AED without proper certification.

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, made the announcement that State Police discovered that Gregory Scungio, acting director of the E-911 center, had been certified as an instructor by the American Red Cross to teach Basic First Aid, CPR and AED, however his certification lapsed in February 2016.

Any employees trained since that time do not have valid certification, according to the State Police. 

Scungio, who has been serving as acting director of the E-911 communications center, was reassigned to another position. Rhode Island State Police Lt. Michael McGlynn has been assigned as the Acting Director of E-911, Manni said.

Scungio's Bio

The State Police listed Scungio's bio as follows:

Gregory M. Scungio is Co-Director of the Rhode Island E 9-1-1 Uniform Emergency Telephone System. He serves as the Principal Project Manager, Director of Operations, and Principal Training Officer for Telecommunicators. Prior to this position, Director Scungio was a Rhode Island E 9-1-1 call center supervisor, an assistant supervisor, and a telecommunicator; having been employed by the agency since its inception in November of 1988.

Director Scungio holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Rhode Island College as well as a variety of public safety/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) course certificates. He has been honored for his life saving actions as a telecommunicator and has received numerous commendations in the field of public safety during his career. Director Scungio is a member of the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association, Rhode Island Fire Chief’s Association, the 2-1-1 Advisory Board, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency’s Interoperable Communications Committee, and Rhode Island Emergency Management Task Force.


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