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Police and soldiers trained to ID disaster victims

Renée Ming, the Minister of National Security (File photograph)

Emergency services personnel have been trained in disaster victim identification after a knowledge gap was noticed.

Renée Ming, the national security minister, said Steve Cosham, the national disaster co-ordinator approached the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office after he noticed a lack of expertise in the field across the UK Overseas Territories.

Fifteen people, 12 police officers and three Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers, were later trained by two instructors.

A training session was also held for heads of relevant government agencies earlier this month.

The procedure is used for identification of the dead after large scale disasters.

Ms Ming told the House of Assembly last Friday that major incidents, including air crashes, industrial explosions, fires, acts of terrorism and serious natural disasters were rare but the island should be prepared.

The disaster risk reduction and mitigation team is now preparing a victim identification response plan to work across agencies.

To read the minister’s statement in full, click on the PDF under “Related Media”.

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Published September 29, 2021 at 7:24 am (Updated September 29, 2021 at 7:24 am)

Police and soldiers trained to ID disaster victims

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