The audio is an official recording of the radio transmissions between Flatbush Hatzolah EMT/ambulance service and its EMTs and ambulances. Based on eyewitness accounts and other information, it appears to begin about 10 minutes after the FDNY arrived at the Sassoon home to fight the fire, which was already out of control, at about 12:23 am on Saturday, March 21.
Above: Most of the Sassoon children, their mother and grandmother. The grandmother did not live in the home and was not there at the time of the fire. The mother and one daughter were able to separately jump from second story windows and survived in critical condition. All the other children died in the fire, which was allegedly started by a Shabbat hotplate known as a "plata."
The audio, which is an official recording of the radio transmissions between Flatbush Hatzolah and its EMTs and ambulances, runs 30:32 and begins just after the first ambulances were dispatched. Based on eyewitness accounts and other information, it appears to begin about 10 minutes after the FDNY arrived at the Sassoon home to fight the fire, which was already out of control, at about 12:23 am on Saturday, March 21.
Bus = ambulance
Code 1 = highest priority call
BLS = basic life support
Arrest = cardiac arrest
I don't hear any of the Hatzolah medics or the dispatcher call PALS (pediatric advanced life support) even though all the victims but one were clearly children. Also note the plea from a medic that they needed more "BLS" (basic life support) at the scene.
At approximately 23:45 the dispatcher hears that a 45-year-old woman has burns over 50% of her body and can't be intubated. The dispatcher asks an EMT at the scene to ask the patient how many people were in the house. At 23:55 he replies, "Nine people total in the house, we're being told.…Nine – nine people."
The Flatbush Hatzolah dispatcher was apparently unable to wake up any Flatbush Hatzolah coordinators, and you'll hear him calling for Borough Park coordinators to cover the scene.
There's also a problem in getting enough ambulances ("buses" in EMT/police parlance) to the scene and getting them to be in the right place once they arrive.
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