Emergency response time criticized in Far Rockway fire that left 2 children dead

Lucy Yang reports on the response time of EMTs in which two children died in a house fire.
April 21, 2014 4:27:43 PM PDT
The pain is just too much to bear for the Tinglin family - they lost two four-year-olds, Jai' Launi Tinglin and his half-sister Aniya. Jai' Launi's twin sister Lai' Launi is injured but in stable condition after a fire broke out in their grandfather's Queens home.

As the memorial grows in front of the house, so to do critical questions over response time ? the most pressing question is why it took so long for ambulances to arrive.


In video taken by a neighbor, you can hear the desperation in the firefighter's voice as he screams for the medical technician to hurry. The firefighter says that there are two little ones not breathing, and they need medical backup ASAP.

12:05 a.m.

Dispatcher: "You do have one 10-45 no code at this time, they are asking for EMS in front of the building."

About 12:06 a.m. Firefighters: "47 Queens, do you copy that? We have three 10-45s in front of the building. Requesting EMS again in front of the building."

Dispatch: "All right 47, I got you."

Four minutes later, there was still no ambulance.

About 12:10 a.m.

Firefighters: "We have three 10-45s, two in cardiac arrest. Is there any word on EMS?"

Three minutes after the first medic finally arrives, there are still cries for the rest of the ambulances.

About 12:14a.m. Firefighters: "You have a status update on EMS to that box."

Dispatch: "We notified them twice, all they can tell us is they are en route there."

Firefighters: "We've got one EMS ambulance on the scene."

Those ticking minutes felt like an eternity.

"EMS took forever. Those kids could have had a chance maybe if it hadn't taken so long," said neighbor Megan Maloney.