Bio for Lee A Johnson AFSM, MIFireE, FAIM,

Bio for Lee A Johnson AFSM, FIFireE, FAIM,
Lee Anthony Johnson
Lee began his fire service career in 1975 as a firefighter and
has held firefighting, officer and management positions
throughout Queensland including Townsville, Gold Coast,
Rockhampton and Brisbane.
In 1997, he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner followed
by the appointment to Commissioner in January 2002 and Lee
is currently Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency
Services (QFES).
QFES commenced as a new department on 1 November 2013
following the Police and Community Safety Review (PACSR)
conducted by Mr. Mick Keelty former Australian Federal Police
Commissioner. QFES is now responsible for all fire fighting
rescue, HAZMAT and disaster management operations within
Queensland and consists of Rural Fire Service, State
Emergency Service, Fire and Rescue Service and the Office of
Emergency Management.
Lee is the immediate past President of the Australasian Fire
and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC).
Additionally, he represents Queensland as a Director on the
Board of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre.
Lee has played a key role in the development of Urban Search
and Rescue capability within QFES and the Queensland USAR
team has recently completed reaccredidation for its INSARAG
certification. Lee is an advocate for building fire safety and
champions the need to protect our community in both the
commercial and residential aspects. Lee also has a keen
interest in the command and control challenges for broad scale
disasters particularly those relating to deployed
Graduate, Institute of Fire Engineers.
Member, Institute of Fire Engineers.
Diploma of Frontline Management.
Associate Diploma of Applied Science - Fire Technology.
National Emergency Medal
National Medal & Clasps
Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
Distinguished and Ethical Service Medal & Clasps (DESM)
Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (FIFireE)
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Commenced career as a Firefighter, Townsville Fire Brigade.
Promoted to Sub-Station Officer, South Coast Fire Brigade.
Promoted to Station Officer, South Coast Fire Brigade.
Appointed Deputy Chief Officer, Rockhampton Fire Brigade.
Appointed District Commander, Rockhampton, Queensland Fire Service.
Appointed Commissioner, Central Region, Queensland Fire and Rescue
Appointed Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
Major Achievements:
The implementation of the following proactive strategies across QFES, such as:
 Operations Doctrine
 Rural Enhancement Package
 Air Operations capability
 All hazards response capability
 Disaster management capability
 Statewide Integrated Operational Planning Process (SIOPP)
 State Operations Centre and Regional Operations Centres
 Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy (including School of
Fire and Rescue Service Training)
 Special Operations Unit
 Interstate and International Mutual Aid Agreements
 United Nations recognised Urban Search and Rescue capability
 Community Safety enhancements and legislation amendments
 Statewide Community education campaigns
 Modernisation of both urban and rural fire fighting fleets and equipment
 Presided over the implementation of recommendations from various
government and independent reviews, Commissions of Inquiry, Coroner’s
Inquests and ensured the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has
been responsive to meet the expectations of the Department.
Other Offices Held:
Immediate past President, Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC)
Director, National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC)
Member, Australian Institute of Management
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