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.