The FDNY on Friday said it has suspended a supervisor and three dispatchers for mishandling the emergency response to a fire in Far Rockaway last weekend that killed two 4-year-old children, reports NBC New York.
The fire began in the basement of the home on Bay 30th Street just before midnight Sunday. Within minutes of police and firefighters arriving, Jai’Launi Tinglin and Ayini Tinglin, were carried outside and rescue workers tried to resuscitate them as neighbors watched.
The children, half-siblings, died of smoke inhalation.
The Department of Investigation said that a review had found the first 911 call was received at 11:51 p.m. At 11:57 p.m., FDNY was on scene and reported that there was an active fire. Fire alarm dispatchers did not notify EMS, as required.
The first notification to EMS wasn’t made until 12:04 a.m., 13 minutes after the initial 911 call, and nearly seven minutes after fire was confirmed at the scene.
DOI said two dispatchers also were not at their screens just before this call, adding that their supervisor “failed to ensure proper coverage” and failed to supervise the response by the dispatchers who were handling it.
The review also found that personnel records showed some of the dispatchers involved in the mishandling had prior disciplinary issues, including problems handling fire incidents.
The dispatchers were suspended 30 days without pay, FDNY said.
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