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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
June 17, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

DCI Investigating Case at Training Bureau

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is conducting an investigation involving the Fire Service Training Bureau (FSTB) in the State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) of the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS). The investigation involves scoring and certification processes for individuals who took classes from the Fire Service Training Bureau. The DCI is consulting with the Story County Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office about criminal charges as the investigation continues.  

The Fire Service Training Bureau is Iowa’s designated state fire academy, providing training to Iowa firefighters since 1923.  It is located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.  The Bureau provides a variety of training courses, certification, and other services.   The Bureau is the only agency in the state that certifies training programs for firefighters.   

Former Bureau Chief Randal Novak retired on June 2, 2016.  He had served as the bureau chief since February 12, 2001.  He was placed on paid administrative leave on April 25, 2016. 

Certification and Accreditation Coordinator John McPhee was placed on paid administrative leave on April 25, 2016.  He began employment in the Bureau on February 23, 1998. 

State Fire Marshal Special Agent in Charge Kyle Gorsh is serving as the interim bureau chief.

MEDIA NOTE: No further information about the investigation will be provided at this time. The Iowa DCI will NOT be fulfilling any on-camera interviews at this time pertaining to this investigation.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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