Two paramedics injured in blast released from hospital

Two paramedics who were injured in a training accident have been released from hospital.

Superintendent Craig MacInnes (left) and Paramedic Reid Purdy (right), have both been discharged from The Ottawa Hospital. They were admitted last Wednesday with second degree burns after an explosion in an abandoned building in Kanata.

In a release, Paramedic Chief Anthony Di Monte said, “the outpouring of support from the community for our injured paramedics has been truly overwhelming.”

The officers were practicing gaining entry into a building using explosives when the exercise went wrong, seriously injuring Purdy and MacInnes. Another paramedic and a police officer had minor injuries.

Purdy and MacInnes will need ongoing treatment over the next few weeks, but are expected to recover and return to regular duties.

The Ministry of Labour and the Provincial SIU are still investigating the circumstances around the accident.

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