Jack Nixon

Volunteer, state emergency services

2024 SA Local Hero Nominee

Since arriving in South Australia’s Riverland region in 2016, Jack Nixon has helped protect his community and the people of South Australia. 

Jack began as unit training coordinator and a member of the SA State Emergency Service Dog Operations Unit at Loxton’s State Emergency Service (SES). 

In 2018, while still a member of Berri SES, Jack also joined Glossop Country Fire Service (CFS) because its membership was low. Here, he’s served as training coordinator, equipment coordinator, lieutenant and from 2022, brigade captain. 

During the 2019-20 bushfire season, Jack completed two deployments to Kangaroo Island and was awarded the National Emergency Medal for his contributions. He also took on extra responsibilities during the 2022 Riverland floods. 

Jack has coordinated joint training efforts among Riverland emergency services including CFS, SES, SA Ambulance and St John Ambulance. A selfless, enthusiastic and patient volunteer, he’s currently working to address skills shortages in local emergency units.