Police, ambos, firies and SES at Burnett bridge
UPDATE: AS EMERGENCY services responded to a major incident on the banks of the Burnett River it was hard to believe it was just a training exercise.
Fire trucks and ambulances with flashing lights set the scene as the SES and Bundaberg police arrived.
Onlookers in cars and boats slowed to check out the commotion under the Burnett Traffic Bridge as full details of the "emergency" emerged.
QFES Bundaberg Inspector Ron Higgins said Operation Bridging the Gap was used as a training exercise and only a few key staff knew about the exercise until it was underway.
SES volunteers received a call at 9.10am alerting them to the search and rescue operations.
The men and women dressed in the orange overalls responded quickly to what they believed was an emergency situation.
Radios were full of chatter as each service logged every movement - making step by step detailed notes.
The group was rushed into an enclosed section of the Burnett Traffic Bridge where they found the first of two emergency situations.
The first scenario, which involved a worker who had suffered heat exhaustion and a broken leg, required a vertical rescue.
He had to be lifted over the scaffolding and lowered to the ground on a stretcher.
The second scenario involved a group of three youths who were caught climbing the bridge.
One fell from the structure and his mates fled the scene to Harriet Island in the middle of the Burnett River.
On the island one of the teens was bitten by a snake, the other almost drowned as he tried to swim back to land.
Insp Ron Higgins said the four agencies worked well together during the mock rescues and showed what team work was needed for real life events.
He said this was the second multi-agency operation to take place this financial year and it helped build a strong relationship between the services.
"It takes a couple of months to organise," he said.
"Minimal staff knew about it - some from QFES and QAS, but it was a surprise for the SES members."
SES Bundaberg local controller Jeff Green said the planned scenario tested the SES members' reaction and put them to the test.
"Some of the members were told there was a guise photo shoot happening and it went from there.
"Some caught on that it was a scenario and about 50% thought it was a real life situation."
SES member Emma Sinnott has been a member for just more than a year and said it was important to be available at the drop of a hat.
"I just came in for the photo shoot and we were called out to the activation," she said.
"I have been on real activations one which took up to two days, so this sort of training is always beneficial."
The Bundaberg SES are still looking for more volunteer members if you would like to join contact Rhys Hughes 0417 779 875.
EARLIER: FIRIES, ambulance officers, police and others are on scene at the Burnett Traffic Bridge.
SES and Transport and Main Roads were also on scene.
But locals need not fear, the crews have been carrying out emergency training.
The scenario was that children/teens were playing on the scaffolding when workers told them to go away.
One boy ran across the Burnett on low tide to Harriett Island where he has been bitten by a snake.
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