Fake murder trains services
THERE was a murder at South Kolan on Saturday, but it was all to help Bundaberg SES and police gain valuable training.
South Kolan SES group leader Wendi Guy created the makeshift murder scene on a private property at Weir Road.
The group exercise with 63 SES members and three police officers was a forensic search to help the group gain experience.
“We have a lot of new members and it introduced them to all the new search techniques and what the police expect of us,” she said.
“We also had headquarters communications work as well to give them practise.”
Bundaberg Area SES local controller Bill Daniels said the members were able to practice searching techniques and evidence that could be used in a crime scene.
“They had simulated evidence and all sorts of items from small to large,” Mr Daniels said.
Group members had to find the evidence from the murder scene.
They also gathered evidence from the victim and the people who committed the crime.
Mr Daniels said training days were valuable to SES members.
“It gives us a future direction for training and we highlight any shortfalls we might have and work to that in the future,” he said.
“We got good feedback from members who said they got knowledge from it,” she said.
“It was just a really good day.”