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3 generations of Hilder captains
July 1 marked a significant occasion for Cobram Fire Brigade, as Mick Hilder stood down from the captaincy after 22 years of strong leadership in this position.
Mr Hilder senior will be the longest-serving captain in the brigade’s history after taking the reins from his father John Hilder who led the brigade for 10 years.
Story by Cobram brigade Communications Officer Heather Hilder, courtesy of the Cobram Courier.
Now wearing the red helmet is Adrian Hilder, Mick’s son, the third generation of his family to lead the brigade consecutively.This was a proud moment for both the brigade and family.
Adrian has progressed through the junior ranks and was previously 1st Lieutenant.
Tribute was paid to the fine leadership of Mick who has been a member of the brigade for 35 years and is a life member of the brigade and CFA.
Mick has been well supported by wife Heather, who has served as communications officer for the past decade.
During his leadership he completed numerous courses to further assist the brigade and community. His outstanding service has been recognised through the National Medal, Citizen of Distinction, VFBV Gold Star and in numerous other ways.
Mick introduced many things during his leadership including the brigade’s participation in the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal, the firefighter of the year awards, brigade participation in Anzac Day as well as competition participation.
He has given so much to the CFA and Cobram brigade and will continue to do so as an active member. His dedication and support to everyone in the community and the brigade as well as his family is second to none. Mick has helped build the brigade with pride and the membership is young and enthusiastic as a result.
Other Cobram Urban Fire Brigade officers include Lieutenants Mick Hyde (1st), Craig Hall (2nd), Tim Ivone (3rd), Janine Hyde (4th), communications officer Heather Hilder and secretary Kay Maskell.