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Sector receives a number of accolades


It's been a few months of great success for our sector with recent accolades including:

  • Mike Coddington, the Brigade Captain of Murray Bridge CFS Brigade, being named SA Local Hero of the Year at the awards ceremony held at the National Wine Centre in November. Mike now proceeds to the national awards held at The Lodge in Canberra on Monday 25 January when the Australian of the Year will also be announced.
  • STOP PRESS: 2009 Australian Safer Community Awards: The State Emergency Service (SES) was presented with a 'National Winner' Award for its community education and awareness program, FloodSafe, at the Australian Safer Communities Awards at Old Parliament House in Canberra.In announcing this award, the judges were impressed by the penetration of the program into the community. The dedication of program coordinator Judith Bleechmore and the team of SES volunteers has resulted in a project that is so successful that other metropolitan and regional councils are working with the team to adopt the program
SES Floodsafe - Community Safer Awards
Judith Bleechmore and a team of Floodsafe volunteers.
  • At the State awards, a High Commendation was presented to the joint SA Sea Rescue Squadron and Volunteer Marine Rescue project team for its Seamanship Training Resource Kit. The project identified a gap in reference material and training aids between basic marine knowledge and commercial maritime qualifications. Securing a $50,000 Commonwealth grant, the resource kit was produced and subsequently endorsed by the Volunteer Marine Rescue Council of SA as the new standard.
  • Allan Foster and his MFS project team, along with the CFS, received a Commendation for its Smoke Alarm Retirement Campaign. The campaign successfully increased community awareness of the need to replace smoke alarms after 10 years. A key factor in the success of the campaign was the project working closely with the industry and commercial sectors to convey the message.

  • At the Yorke Peninsula Field Days at Paskeville, CFS Region 2 with help from CFS Community Education, Weetulta Cadets and the CFS Historical Committee and SAFECOM Public Affairs won Best Outdoor Site Award. The win follows similar success for the joint CFS, SES and SAFECOM stand at this year's Royal Adelaide Show.

  • The CFS won the Government and Community Safety Industry Engagement Award in the Government Skills Australia Awards. The award recognises the efforts of those involved in the School and Beyond program conducted by the Rural Training Officers during the year.

  • Members of the SAMFS participated in the 2009 World Police and Fire Games in Vancouver, Canada, winning a total of 35 medals. This comprised 9 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze. MFS members competed in such events as dragon boat racing, muster, indoor rowing, athletics, mountain biking, stair race, swimming, rugby and ultimate firefighter.

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