Two Cork firefighters were injured in an explosion as they tackled a large commercial blaze at a sawmill in Co Cork on Friday Morning.
Two units of Cork City fire brigade along with seven from the Cork County brigade attended the fire that occurred at Palfab in Lissarda, west of Cork city, early in the morning in which a large explosion occurred at around 6.30am.
In an effort to bring the blaze under control and save as much of the commercial premises as possible Two firefighters were injured in the blast and were treated at the scene before being brought to Cork University Hospital for further treatment of their injuries.
The National Retained Firefighters Association expresses its best wishes to the families of those involved and would like to wish both firefighters a speedy recovery.
It is part of the NRFA’s mission to recognise the dangers Irish Firefighters face today and to actively promote Awareness and ongoing training to deal with the changing hazards posed when dealing with the various incidents the Fire service attends.
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Blast injuries can cause multisystem and life-threatening injuries requiring complex triage, diagnostic, and management challenges for the Emergency Services on Scene.
Types of blast Injury:
Primary blast injuries result directly from the effects of abnormal ambient pressure generated during the blast wave.
Air around the blast is displaced by the wave of over pressure resulting in high-velocity blast winds. Loose objects are displaced and form projectiles that have the potential to cause both blunt and penetrating injuries. These secondary blast injuries form the most common type of injury following an explosion. Middle ear, lungs, and gastro intestinal tract are more likely to occur from primary blast injuries.
Tertiary blast injuries are the result of the impact of people themselves against other structures when displaced by the blast wave or winds. Usually blunt or impalement injuries.
Miscellaneous blast injuries include injuries not directly resulting from the blast itself but which result from the effects of the blast. These include burns, inhalational injury and crush injuries
“The initial management of a blast victim is the same as for any multi-trauma patient”