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Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Rescue

Are you ready to shape the future of Queensland’s safety and prosperity?

An invitation to lead with vision and integrity.

As an emergency service department, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is responsible for ensuring the safety of people and property across Queensland through the provision of effective prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities across a range of emergency situations.

QFES is a primary provider of fire, rescue and emergency management programs and services throughout Queensland. The department encompasses Queensland Fire and Rescue (QFR) and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ), and is supported by a significant volunteer workforce to deliver its key functions.

As of the 1 July 2024, QFES will become the Queensland Fire Department (QFD). Established as a dedicated fire department, QFD is committed to strengthening service delivery to meet the needs of Queensland communities.

We are seeking an exceptional individual to embrace the role of Deputy Commissioner, a position of critical influence and responsibility.

This is not just a job; it’s a calling to protect, serve, and inspire.

Reporting to the Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (soon to be Queensland Fire Department) you will navigate the complexities of emergency services management while fostering an environment of excellence, accountability, and innovation.  Strategically leading a workforce of more than 4,500 you will implement and drive the new operating model with a focus on safety and operational excellence.

As the Deputy Commissioner of QFR, you will lead fire, emergency management, and specialist response services across Queensland. Overseeing four regional offices, you’ll support the Commissioner in statutory duties and drive improvements in QFR’s performance and capabilities.

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Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership to deliver effective fire and emergency services.
  • Manage urban and emergency management services to meet government priorities and ensure client service excellence.
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with local, state, and national agencies, as well as non-government organisations.
  • Command and lead major incidents and disaster management responses.
  • Ensure compliance with legislation, government policies, and best practices.
  • Drive the implementation of critical projects, including systems, technology, and continuous improvement initiatives.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Professional firefighting experience, including managing structural fires, bushfires, hazardous materials incidents, and technical rescues.
  • Expertise in incident control and fire prevention.
  • Experience in fire prevention strategies, building fire safety, and community education.
  • Previous employment as a firefighter in QFR or an equivalent fire service in another state or New Zealand.


  • Outstanding leadership, judgment, and integrity.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and drive strategic and policy implementation.
  • Proven success as a leader in a large, complex organisation.
  • Extensive experience in operational environments, with a strong background in strategy, service delivery, and capability development.
  • Commitment to work-life balance, workplace diversity, and innovation.

Why Join QFES? QFES offers a dynamic and supportive work environment that values productive working relationships, a healthy work-life balance, and opportunities for professional growth. As Deputy Commissioner, you’ll play a pivotal role in enhancing community resilience and delivering world-class fire and emergency services to Queenslanders.

Join QFES and make a significant impact on Queensland’s fire and emergency management services. Apply today!

Application Resources

For more information about QFES and the role of Deputy Commissioner contact Natasha Olsson-Seeto or Jevon Seah on 07 3305 5800.

QFES is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter addressing your qualifications and experience relevant to the role.

Applications close:  Sunday 7 July 2024, 11:59pm.

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