Mark is currently Deputy Commissioner, Operations and Emergency Management, (OEM) with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). Mark commenced his career in Ipswich as an Auxiliary Firefighter in 1979 before joining the permanent Firefighter ranks in 1980. In 2006 he was appointed to Assistant Commissioner Far Northern Region (located in Cairns) where the importance of maintaining quality road rescue skills was well enshrined. In 2008, Mark moved back to Brisbane where he was appointed to the state role of Assistant Commissioner, Community Safety and Training. Mark has a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Management AIPM and Diploma in Frontline Management Initiative (FMI).
Mark has seen the fire service roles change from an internal focus responding to grass fires, structural fires and limited Road Crash Rescues (RCR), to what is now a multi-agency approach to incident management with significant advancements in RCR. Mark is the QFES state sponsor for RCR and during his career he has witnessed the advancements in vehicle safety and design, the quality of training we deliver to our staff on new techniques, the improvements in equipment, the professional advice we provide and the important relationships we have built with our partner agencies.
The incident ground is the location where all of our research and development, advancements in techniques and many hours of training all come together. Like other states, Queensland has a proud history of quality relationships with other agencies and the success in road rescue excellence is a true partnership with those agencies.