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Office of the Commissioner

The Commissioner is the operational head of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and is responsible for the efficient functioning of fire services in Queensland in line with Government and community expectations. 

Photo of QFRS Commissioner Lee A Johnson

Commissioner Lee A Johnson

Assoc Dip App Sc (Fire Technology), AFSM, MIFireE, FAIM

Lee began his fire service career in 1975 as a firefighter with the Townsville Fire Brigade Board.

In 1985 he transferred to the South Coast brigade as a Sub-Station Officer and was promoted to Station Officer that same year.

He was promoted to Deputy Chief Officer, Rockhampton, in 1988 and then District Commander in 1990, following the transition to the new Queensland Fire Service.

When the Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority was established in 1997, Lee was appointed as Commissioner, Central Region, and then as Commissioner, Brisbane South Region in September 2001.

He was then appointed as Commissioner following the November 2001 transition to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

In 2004, Lee was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal – the highest individual honour awarded to Australian firefighters.

Lee is currently the 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.


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