BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Within three minutes, Buffalo firefighters were on the scene of a fatal two-alarm fire on Riverside Avenue. But the first ambulance didn't arrive until approximately nine minutes after the call.
When the call went out over the scanners that a baby was not breathing, you could hear the urgency in the voices of first responders. Firefighters and police officers sprung into action, doing everything possible to try and save the life of the 6-month-old boy.
Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said, "CPR. Tried to revive the baby. Tried to work on the baby. Tried to sustain the baby until help arrived, until they could get it to a hospital."
Brian Lawson of Rural/Metro says the initial call came in at 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
"Three minutes after that we are notified that it is a hot call, at which point we go lights and sirens to the scene. Takes us six minutes to get there, and then a paramedic is treating that patient," Lawson said.
The spokesman added that Rural/Metro's transport vehicle arrived on site three minutes later, which makes it nine minutes after the call went hot with lights and sirens.
"We always want to be there as quick as we possibly can. But I think anybody would agree that this was a reasonable response time that we had last night," Lawson said.
He also points out that logistics can pose a problem at a fire scene, impacting response times. And in this case, he says there was another factor.
"The fire is taking place in one scene. You're called to one specific address, and the patient may be down the street, and in this case was down the street at another [home]," Lawson explained.
The spokesman says it is critical to have a paramedic on scene treating the patient, and in this case, there was one there within six minutes.
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