Volunteer Fire Fighter Is South Australia's Local Hero

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11 November 2009

Volunteer fire fighter is South Australia’s local hero


The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) tonight congratulated captain of

the Murray Bridge Country Fire Service, Mike Coddington, for being named South

Australia’s Local Hero in the lead-up to the 2010 Australian of the Year Awards.


DIAC is once again proud to sponsor Australia’s Local Hero Award and to celebrate the

extraordinary work of ordinary Australians who make their local community a better

place. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards.


Mr Coddington, from Murray Bridge, received the award for his efforts in leading and

mentoring a dedicated and professional group of volunteer fire fighters at the Murray

Bridge Country Fire Service Brigade, as well as educating the local community on fire

safety.


“Mr Coddington is an outstanding citizen who inspires us with the passion he has for this

country and its people,” a DIAC spokeswoman said.


“Without financial reward, he has been the captain of the Murray Bridge Country Fire

Service Brigade for the past eight years, increasing the membership from eight to 24

active fire fighters.”  


Mike works more than 1500 voluntary hours every year and also visits schools and

community organisations to promote fire safety.


“Australia’s Local Hero Award acknowledges dedicated citizens such as Mike who work

tirelessly to make the lives of those around them that little bit better,” the spokeswoman

said.


“Our Local Heroes are extraordinary individuals whose passion and energy strengthen

our communities and encapsulate what it means to be Australian.”


The national Local Hero Award recipient will be announced on 25 January 2010 in

Canberra.



Media Enquiries: DIAC - National Communications 02 6264 2244


Australian of the Year Awards & National Australia Day Council Media Enquiries:

Nicole Browne 02 9954 7677 or 0414 673 762






SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S LOCAL HERO


Mike Coddington

Murray Bridge

Volunteer fire fighter

In 1993, Mike Coddington heard from a friend that Murray Bridge Country Fire Service

Brigade was desperately in need of members. That was all it took for him to join up, and

for the past eight years he has been the Brigade Captain. During this time, he has

increased membership from eight to 24 active fire fighters, and upgraded the brigade to

a Hazchem incident response brigade. Dubbed ‘the boss’ by his brigade, he works more

than 1500 voluntary hours every year. He also visits schools and community

organisations to promote fire safety. Several years ago the brigade was in trouble, and

without enough manpower for even one truck it was facing closure. But Mike worked

hard to get more people involved and built a social culture to unite members. His

leadership and mentoring has created a dedicated and professional group of volunteer

fire-fighters.









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