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Ottawa tactical training explosion. Paramedics and officers injured.

Update June 19, 2014: The three paramedics have been identified by Ottawa Paramedic Services. Two Ottawa Police Service Tactical Officers suffered minor injuries. Tactical Paramedic Bradley Ross suffered minor injuries and despite his injuries he was the first to help his two paramedic team members who were more seriously injured. Tactical Paramedic Reid Purdy and Tactical Paramedic/Supt. Craig MacInnes suffered secondary burns and were admitted to ICU as a precaution and intubated and sedated. Ottawa Paramedic Services has updated that both Reid and Craig are awake but still intubated. They have both been able to communicate using cue cards. The Professional Paramedic Assocation of Ottawa sent gift baskets to the Queensway-Carelton Hospital Emergency Department Staff and the Ottawa General Hospital ICU staff as a thank you for their commitment and amazing care of their fellow paramedics. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Tactical team members kept vigil at the hospital during this tough time as well as the RCMP Tactical team visited the pair in the Ottawa General Hospital ICU.  Please keep Reid and Craig in your thoughts for a speedy recovery. The families of Reid and Craig have requested privacy while the pair make their recovery from their injuries.

Ottawa Paramedic Services Chief DiMonte has given an update on the conditions of the three Paramedics and two Police Officers injured in this morning’s Tactical exercise. See video.

On behalf of the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund our thoughts are with all who were injured especially the two Ottawa Tactical Paramedics who are in ICU.

News is reaching us that three Ottawa paramedics and two police officers have been injured in a joint training exercise that involved explosives. Ottawa Paramedic Services Chief Anthony Do Monte reports that two paramedics are in ‘very serious condition’ in a trauma centre.
All other injuries have been described as minor.
Paramedics regularly train with police and RCMP in the nation’s capitol.
Our thoughts are with the families and peers of those injured today.

RCMP Line of Duty Deaths, Moncton, New Brunswick


On June 4, 2014 three Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Officers were killed in the line of duty in Moncton, New Brunswick. End of Watch June 4, 2014 for Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, QC; Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France; and Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, NB. Two RCMP Officers were wounded as well on this sad day.

On behalf of the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families, coworkers, the RCMP, and the policing community. It is truly a tragedy that three fine officers lost their lives. It goes without saying, in emergency services, when one, in this case three, fall we all feel it. We hope that the two wounded officers make a smooth and quick recovery from their injuries.

A RCMP Regimental Funeral will be held in Moncton, NB on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 1:00pm at Moncton Coliseum, 377 Killam Drive, in Moncton, NB. A parade of RCMP and other law enforcement officer will take place before the funeral. For those who wish to send their messages of condolences, the RCMP has set up an online condolences email. Most police departments and town halls across Canada have a book of condolences that members of the public can sign as well.

On the night of June 9, 2014, please keep a front light on all night in honour of these three fine officers. Heroes in Life, Not in Death.

Closing of Paramedic Week

ORNGE Commemoriation

Today I had another friend of mine tell me, I could never do your job. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this over the last 8 years as a Paramedic. But it got me thinking about the special type of person a Paramedic is that can come to work everyday and never know what to expect. Sometimes you laugh and sometimes you are almost in tears. You, Paramedics, are definitely ordinary people doing extraordinary things for people you have never met. John Wooden said, You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. Paramedics save people every single day and for this how can anyone ever repay you? You as Paramedics live perfect days everyday.

As Paramedic Week 2014 winds down for another year it seems like this is one if not the best Paramedic Weeks ever. Through social media it seemed as though every Paramedic Service across Ontario and Canada was participating in open houses, CPR clinics, car seat clinics, etc. Peel Paramedics were featured in the Mississauga News for this years’ Paramedic Week Celebrations. Peel Paramedics Service gave us a #BehindTheScenes look at how the Peel Paramedic Service manages a 97,000/year call volume with 500+ paramedic and support staff, 50 ambulances, and 8 Rapid Response Units, on twitter (@Peel_Paramedics). The Peel Paramedic Association applied their trade at a local car seat clinic and CPR demos in conjuction with Peel Paramedic Services along with their amazing BBQ supplied by our very own Peel Paramedic John Waito. Chief Peter Dundas and Commissioner Janette Smith came to enjoy some of the great BBQ as well.  Andy the Ambulance made an appearance and was a hit with the younger crowd.

Last year on this day, May 31 the Paramedic family lost two Paramedics and ORNGE Pilots in a crash near Moosenee while responding to help a patient in need. Please take a moment and remember Flight Paramedic Chris Snowball, Flight Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, First Officer Jaques Dupuy, and Captain Don Filliter. Its a reminder to us all that not all Paramedics make it home to their families. Simcoe and Peel Paramedic Paul Carson has put together a sensational video commemorating these fine Paramedics and Pilots as well as all Paramedics.

On behalf of the Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund I would like to say thank you to all Paramedics who make a difference every single day, in every community throughout Ontario, Canada and the world. I love being part of the Paramedic Family and you all deserve the utmost respect and admiration for doing one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the world today.

Scott Caldwell


Happy Paramedic Week!!


Paramedic Week is a time that we celebrate Paramedics across Canada. The motto for this year’s celebration is “Our Family Helping Yours”. Its a time when Paramedics can reflect on those few and far between but heartfelt thank yous that patients and their families have said after Paramedics have helped them in their time of need or crisis. Paramedic Services across Canada are celebrating with many events that promote Paramedics and Paramedicine within the community.

Peel Regional Paramedic Services (@Peel_Paramedics), Peel Paramedics Association (@ParamedicAssoc) , and OPSEU Local 277 (@OPSEU277)  will be holding many events from CPR clinics, car seat clinics, etc. On Twitter a #BehindTheScenes look on May 27th at what it takes to handle a 97,000 per year call volume with 500+ Paramedics, Management, and Support Staff. The Peel Paramedic Benevolent Fund will also be tweeting #BehindTheScenes at @peelemsfund. You can find out more about Ontario Paramedics at the Ontario Paramedics Assocation.

If you see a Paramedic this week, please shake their hand and give them a thank you for what they do for your community and your families. Paramedics are there for the citizens of Canada 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. They miss time with their families to help yours. They miss Christmas, New Years, and all holidays that others  take for granted. Paramedics love helping people and they love saving lives. Paramedics are a humble group but  love to tell a story. Paramedics are ordinary people doing extraordinary things in some of the worst environments and conditions imaginable.

An opinion piece  about Paramedics’ education and what they can do can be found here. Ontario Paramedic Paul Carson is a Paramedic Video Guru and has many a video. His videos include: My Sacrifice, I am a Paramedic, and Keep Holding On. These videos show the faces of Paramedics across Ontario.

If you’re a Paramedic we want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the toughest job you will ever love.

Update on Nancy Fouineteau Memorial


Toronto Paramedic Service will be holding a memorial for Paramedic Nancy Fouineteau at their headquarters on 4330 Dufferin Street, Toronto at 1400 hours on Friday, May 2, 2014. All Paramedics, Police, and Fire who wish to attend are requested to wear full dress uniforms.

Happy National First Responders Day

Today is the inaugural National First Responders Day. Thank you to all Paramedics, Police Officers, and Firefighters for all their hard work everyday across Canada. Please take a moment to reflect on what they do and the lives saved.

Mourning the Death of Toronto Paramedic Nancy Fouineteau

We mourn the passing of Toronto Paramedic Nancy Fouineteau who died suddenly.  We have been informed that this was a non Line of Duty Death (non LODD). We endeavour to update information as we are made aware.

Please keep Nancy’s family and co workers in your thoughts.

An article that Nancy was featured in:


Mississauga Fire Update

April 29, 2014 Update: Two Peel Paramedics were treated for smoke inhalation and released the same day as the fire. Two Mississauga Firefighters are still in hospital at this time. Two have been discharged from hospital. One of the two is set to be discharged home in the coming days. The critically injured Firefighter has been upgraded from critical to non-life threatening and has undergone numerous surgeries in the past couple of days. Please keep them in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues at Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services and station 105 as they battle a fire at an industrial storage warehouse in Malton.  News is coming to us that 4 firefighters have been injured, one critically.  Peel Paramedics are proudly assisting our emergency service colleagues.

We will endeavor to bring more information as it is received.

Scott Morgan Fundraiser


Scott Morgan is a Primary Care Paramedic with Durham Paramedic Service. He was involved in a serious off duty single vehicle motor vehicle collision on December 10, 2013. This incident has left Scott with serious but not life threatening injuries in which he was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital by ORNGE and is now recovering at home.

His Durham Paramedic Family would like you join them at their Fundraiser for Scott on Saturday May 3, 2014 at Heydenshore Pavillion (589 Water Street, Whitby, ON, L1N1A1). There will be two live bands as well as fundraiser games available.

Tickets can be purchased in advanced at Scott Morgan Fundraiser Tickets. There is also an option if you cannot attend the event to donate to Scott’s Trust Fund.

You can also donate at any RBC Branch:

Branch: 003
Transit: 06962
Account: 5181870
The account is active and ready to receive donations.

If you wish to follow Scott Morgan Get Well Soon Facebook Page to watch his ongoing recovery.




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