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.
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.
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.