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Op-ed: End critical delays in EMS response time


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The need for our EMS to be unparalleled here in New York City is increasingly great. As a city, we must make critical policy changes that will decrease response time and save lives. This February, the average response time to life-threatening medical emergencies in Queens was 10 minutes and 15 seconds, which is not acceptable.

The City Council passed a law that would track end-to-end response times for both fire and medical emergencies, and further require the FDNY to report that response time. New Yorkers need to know the truth. This involves recording not only the time it took for an emergency unit to be dispatched, but also the time it took to process the call.

The law was named for Ariel Russo who was tragically killed when she was struck by a reckless driver trying to evade the police. After the crash, there was a clear error in dispatching an EMS unit and emergency personnel lost at least four critical minutes. The “Ariel Russo Emergency 9-1-1 Response Time Reporting Act” now provides a more transparent record of response times.

Last year, two young siblings, Ayina and Jai’Launi Tinglin, were killed in a Far Rockaway fire. EMS personnel did not reach the scene until 20 minutes after the call was received. The city found that personnel errors preceding the dispatch caused delays in reaching the children, but we see this as only half of the truth. Reports from dangerous, deadly fires have shown that the FDNY only dispatches ambulances after an FDNY unit on the scene confirms it is a structural fire. In this case, had the need for EMS to wait not existed, they could have been dispatched more than six minutes earlier. A lack of resources is likely the main reason the FDNY delays the EMS dispatch.

We believe the FDNY must dispatch EMS units once the report of a structural fire comes in through 9-1-1 and make it part of the many units dispatched within a first-alarm fire.
The FDNY again wasted critical time by waiting to dispatch EMS during a structural fire in Midwood. The fire killed seven children in the Sassoon family: David, Yehoshua, Moshe, Yaakov, Eliane, Rivka and Sarah. It took nearly 14 minutes for EMS to get to the scene.

We write this op-ed to call on the fire department to make three critical policy changes that would reduce response times and improve the level of pre-hospital care.

First, the fire department must change its dispatch policy and immediately send an ambulance upon receipt of a 9-1-1 call reporting a structural fire as part of a “first-alarm.”
Second, we need to greatly expand the number of department ambulance tours. This is the surest way to reduce response times, and the additional tours managed correctly will not only save lives but could also generate revenue for the city.

Lastly, in order to increase department professionalism, promotional civil service exams must be instituted for upper-ranking officers, just like those for the fire department’s firefighters and other public safety agencies. This would also bring the city into compliance with federal and state guidelines to ensure emergency scenes are properly and efficiently handled.

Our EMS personnel work every day to keep us alive, and for that they deserve not only our unconditional gratitude but effective procedures to abide by. Let’s make our EMS stronger for today and always.

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Construction begins for new $19M EMS station at Queens Hospital Center


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy Dean/Wolf Architects


Work on the new Hillcrest FDNY Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station has ignited.

Construction recently began on the new station, which will be located on the Queens Hospital Center campus on Goethals Avenue, after the site’s permits were approved.

The center is expected to cost $19 million and will be the largest EMS station in Queens at 13,000 square feet. Dean/Wolf Architects is working on the project, which will house training facilities, blood-borne pathogen decontamination areas, and parking spaces.

The new building will be two stories, made of glass, metal and concrete. It will house five ambulances, staff offices and equipment storage and lockers for about 100 EMS personnel.

The station will serve neighborhoods as far north as Whitestone and as far south as Howard Beach.

In a ground-breaking ceremony for the project in December, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano praised the new center, citing the growing need for medical services.

“As call volume for medical emergencies has continued to grow, including a record-setting 1.3 million calls in 2012, the department has worked to increase the number of our EMS stations in an effort to further lower response times and position resources where they are most needed,” Cassano said.

 

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Man shot and killed inside Edge Bar and Lounge in Jamaica: cops


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Updated Monday, June 16 8:50 a.m.

A 35-year-old man was shot dead on Saturday morning in Jamaica, according to police.

The victim, Timothy Tripp, was shot at about 2:40 a.m. inside Edge Bar and Lounge on Merrick Boulevard, cops said.

EMS pronounced Tripp, who had a gunshot wound to his head and torso, dead at the scene, officials said. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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One dead, one injured in Jamaica homicide


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

One man is dead and another injured in a shooting this morning in Jamaica, cops said.

Police responded to the shooting at 89-32 163rd Street around 5:11 a.m. Upon arrival officers found one Hispanic man with a gunshot wound in his chest and another Hispanic man with a gunshot wound to an ankle.

EMS rushed both victims to Jamaica Hospital where the male with the chest wound was pronounced dead and the second victim is in stable condition, authorities said.

Cops have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting yet and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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[Update] Astoria woman found dead in apartment


| brennison@queenscourier.com

114 Sqd

A Queens woman was found dead late Thursday night in her Astoria apartment, police say.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., police responded to a 9-1-1 call to 30th Street where they discovered Tara Hawes, 33, with blunt force trauma to her head.  EMS pronounced the victim dead on arrival.

Police are searching for the woman’s husband, Jordan Hawes, for questioning in regards to the death.

Police described Hawes as 5-feet-9-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this homicide or the location of Jordan Hawes is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Blotter


| jlane@queenscourier.com

104th Precinct

Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood

Two stabbed

On December 20, police responded to an assault at 60-79 56th Street.  Upon arrival, officers observed a 43-year-old woman unconscious with a stab wound to the neck and a 22-year-old man with multiple stab wounds to the back. The woman was discovered inside, while the male victim was found outside, according to police.

EMS also responded and took the female victim to Wyckoff Hospital where she is listed in critical condition and the male victim to Elmhurst Hospital.  There have been no arrests made and the investigation is ongoing.

Fatal Accident on the Belt Parkway


| tcimino@queenscourier.com

On Saturday, December, 17 2011 at 0420 hours, police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of the Belt Parkway and 116th Street, located within the confines of the 106 Precinct.  Upon arrival, responding officers determined that a 2009 Toyota Corolla, operated by a M/B/26 along with 4 additional passengers, was traveling eastbound on South Conduit Avenue when it left the roadway and rolled over onto the eastbound Belt Parkway causing a F/B/21 to be ejected from the rear of the vehicle.

EMS also responded to the location and transported the F/B/21 passenger to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced DOA.

EMS also transported the operator (M/B/26) and the front passenger (M/B/24) to Jamaica Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.  The remaining passengers (F/B/25 & F/B/24) were transported to Brookdale Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.

There has been no arrest(s) in regard to this incident and the investigation is ongoing.