Top cop signing off on time in Bundy
WHEN Grant Marcus first walked through the doors of the Bundaberg Police Station in 1997 he was a freshly appointed senior constable.
Now 19 years later he's leaving to take up a new challenge, having just been appointed the top job in Charleville.
Inspector Marcus will be responsible for an area four times the size of the Bundaberg-Burnett region.
But it's Bundaberg that's provided Insp Marcus with countless opportunities and allowed him to climb the ladder from senior constable to inspector.
"Bundaberg's been very good to me," he said.
"It's a very stable area so being able to stay in Bundaberg and get promoted is quite rare."
Promoted to sergeant as Bundy's first official room supervisor, Insp Marcus said he took on the role of managing the communication room in more of an independent, professional manner.
"We've had some big things happen along the way such as the Tilt Train derailment," he said.
"You can go from a fairly regular day to days that are just absolutely chaotic."
But after about six years Insp Marcus was looking for a change, at the same time legislation changes meant police were given more of a role in disaster management.
Insp Marcus jumped at the chance to take on the executive officer role with the local disaster management group.
"That was in October 2010 ... and we all know what happen in December 2010, around Boxing Day," he said.
"I got my first bit of exposure to disaster management with the major flood for our communities in Bundaberg and the North Burnett.
"But little did I know, that was a training run. It wasn't until Australia Day 2013 that we realised 2010/11 was a training introduction to serious, extreme disasters."
Insp Marcus said the incident was like nothing like he'd ever experienced.
" I use three words to describe it - unprecedented - we'd never seen anything like it.
"We've never seen anything of the like of six tornadoes. That's history making for our state, for Australia.
"It was unexpected. It just stopped and it wasn't expected to do that and it just dumped.
"And the third word I use is dynamic. Everything we thought we understood what was happening it just changed.
But out of adversity, Insp Marcus said he witnessed the remarkable resilience of the communities
"The township and everyone involved did an outstanding job," he said.
About to embark on a new challenge, he'll take all his experience into the role at Charleville.
"They tell me time and distant is irrelevant. It takes one officer out there at Thargomindah two days get to get around their division.
"I'm looking forward to the different environment, the different staff."