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.