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New City Council Bill To Change The Way FDNY Measures Emergency Response Times

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The New York City Fire Department will change the way it measures emergency response times under a new bill passed by the City Council.

The Ariel Russo Response Time Reporting Act is named for the 4-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a driver who was fleeing police on the Upper West Side last summer.

A four-minute delay was later discovered between the time EMS received the call and the time units were dispatched.

The measure will require the fire department to count response times starting from the moment a 911 call is taken, rather than when a vehicle is dispatched.

"The Russo family and everyone within the five boroughs deserves to know that when they call 911, help will arrive as soon as possible," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. "They also deserve to know that if help doesn't arrive as soon as possible, we can find out what happened and fix it."

"Even though my child died, she didn't die in vain, because as a result, this change is happening, and it could prevent other tragic deaths, or children from dying or from waiting too long," said Sofia Russo, Ariel Russo's mother.

The City Council also voted to name a section of West 97th Street in honor of Ariel.

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