Lee Johnson AFSM FIFireE served as Commissioner of the Queensland fire and Emergency Service for 13 years. Having joined the fire service in Townsville in 1975 where he worked for 10 years as a firefighter before transferring to the Gold Coast, Lee was promoted to Rockhampton as the Deputy Chief Officer and District Commander. In 1997 he was appointed as a Commissioner for the then Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority in Central Region and later in Brisbane South Region. During his time as Commissioner, Lee played a key role in the development of Urban Search and Rescue capability within QFES and is an advocate for building fire safety. Lee has extensive experience in the command and control projects for broad scale disasters particularly those relating to deployed communications. He has been acknowledged internationally by virtue of his previous position as President of the Australian Fire and emergency Services Authority Council and more recently awarded a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers. Lee served as President of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) and as a Director on the Board of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre.