Graeme Douglas Thom AFSM is a retired fire commander having served in the Queensland Fire & Emergency Service department for over 40 years. During his time in the service, he had acted in various positions and been appointed to many others, these include Assistant Commissioner – Northern Region, Assistant Commissioner – Community Safety & Risk Management, Director of Operational Performance Improvement, Area Director – Qld Fire & Rescue Public Safety, Executive Manager – State Community Safety and Brisbane City Fire (Zone) Commander. He has chaired National Fire Safety Committees for over 10 years, represented fire services both nationally and internationally and received various awards and citations including in the Australian honours with the awarding of the AFSM (Australian Fire Service Medal) for Leadership, and the Australian Centenary Medal for services to the Australian community. Graeme has fought or commanded forces to fight many types of fires and other emergency incidents including significant bushfires both in Queensland and interstate. His qualifications cover many in-house and external qualifications including the Bachelor of Government and International Relations (Griffith University).