The QFRS is committed to identifying key community wants, needs and existing services and using that information to enhance community safety and prevention capability and improve service delivery to Queenslanders. The Community Safety and Training Branch is responsible for a range of functions which report through the Assistant Commissioner.
Responsibilities include provision of support to Operational Regional Staff to improve:
- State Community Safety Operations Branch
- School of Fire and Rescue Service Training
- Workplace Training and Emergency Management
Assistant Commissioner, Community Safety and Training
Mark commenced his career in Ipswich as an Auxiliary Firefighter in 1979 before joining the permanent Firefighter ranks in 1980. He was promoted to Station Officer in 1987 and worked in both the operational and training fields. He was appointed to Manager Regional Training for Brisbane South Region in 1998 and also served in various Senior Officer roles.
Mark later returned to South Eastern Region as Area Director in Ipswich in 2002 and then took up the role of Manager Strategic Development in 2003. He was Acting Assistant Commissioner in South Eastern Region before being appointed to Assistant Commissioner Far Northern Region in 2006. In 2008, Mark moved back to Brisbane where he was appointed to the State role of Assistant Commissioner Community Safety & Training. Mark has a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Management AIPM and Diploma in Frontline Management Initiative (FMI).
Mark sees the greatest priority for QFRS is to continue to build on relationships from both internal and external perspective. He believes that the success at the front line is a direct reflection on the hard work done prior to any incident. That is the training, development, education, premises inspections and compliance, testing, and building on our ability to deliver services to the community.
Mark has seen the roles change from an internal focus responding to grass fires, structural fires and the odd MVA to what is now a multi-agency approach to incident management. And that is not only on the incident ground. It includes the quality education program we provide, it’s the professional advice that we give, it’s the expertise that we provide and it is the relationships we have with our community.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
For more information, contact:
Community Safety & Training
GPO Box 1425
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Ph: 07-3635 1956
Fax: 07-3406 5282