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Corporate President Sentenced for False Certification of Air Supply Cylinders for Firefighters

Greg Austin, President of Austin & Pruitt Fire and Safety Equipment Company, Inc. (A&P), Wilmington, DE was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge in Wilmington to two years’ probation for a false statement made to DOT regarding the retesting of high pressure gas cylinders. Failure to perform periodic hydrostatic retesting of gas cylinder tanks places the lives of firefighters at risk. Austin had pleaded guilty to a false statement felony charge for falsely certifying 64 gas tanks as having been retested. A&P recently paid DOT $22,185 in civil enforcement fines imposed by RSPA in connection with this case.