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About QFES

This page provides information about our organisation and its structure, governance arrangements, our executive leadership, our staff, volunteers and partners and departmental contacts.


Organisational chart

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) was established as a department on 1 November 2013 under the Public Service Act 2008. QFES reports to the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services.

QFES is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, and includes Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) and the State Emergency Service (SES).

QFES also supports other emergency response volunteer organisations/agencies including Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), Royal Life Saving Society Queensland (RLSSQ), Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) and Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland (VMRAQ).

It is the role of QFES to provide leadership, mitigation planning and a responsive service to ensure the safety of the Queensland community. QFES aims to protect persons, property and the environment through the continued delivery of emergency services, awareness programs, response capability and capacity, and incident response and recovery for a safer Queensland.

Key People

Commissioner Carroll

Katarina Carroll


Commissioner Carroll Bio



D Smith

Doug Smith

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Strategy Officer

Capability and Corporate Services Division

DC Smith Bio

M Wassing 

Mike Wassing

Deputy Commissioner

Emergency Management, Volunteerism and Community Resilience Division

DC Wassing Bio

M Roche 

Mark Roche

Deputy Commissioner

Readiness and Response Services Division

DC Roche Bio

Legislation and regulations

Our History

Our corporate publications

Contact and address details


*This publication was produced prior to the current government.