By: The Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says training records for first responders were deliberately falsified at a naval station in Rhode Island.

The office in a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump said Navy employees were found to have deliberately falsified critical records for firefighters and emergency services employees at Naval Station Newport.

The office says a firefighter at the station told authorities that managers recorded that employees completed emergency response training they didn't attend or had never occurred. An investigation substantiated that.

Station spokeswoman Lisa Rama told The Providence Journal there were issues in the past and they've been working to correct them.

In response, Navy investigators recommended all naval installations require additional verification of records and use additional accountability measures.

The office says those recommendations were implemented.

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