John Pappas -
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
John Pappas is currently the Zone Commander for Mackay/Whitsundays, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). He is responsible for the overall management and performance of Fire and Rescue Stations from Airlie Beach in the north out to Longreach in the west.
His interest in firefighting started in March 1994 when he joined the (then) NSW Bush Fire Service as a junior member in northern Sydney. This proved to be the catalyst of a career, and commenced with the ACT Fire Brigade in 2002. In 2011 John was promoted to the rank of Station Officer and, in 2014, transitioned north accepting a position with QFES.
John is known for his strong business acumen and strategic foresight and holds extensive qualifications in Government, Emergency and Firefighting Management including a Bachelor of Emergency Service, a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership. He is currently completing an MBA.
He is a strong supporter of equality and inclusiveness believing that everyone is unique and valued; and that everyone brings something to the table. He has been a member of WAFA since 2017, is a QFES Ally of Inclusion embracing and promoting the fairness, equity and inclusion programs of QFES as well as initiatives to develop staff including the Step Up! and QFES Transforms through Leadership programs.
John is also a member of the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services; the Diversity Council of Australia; the Australian Institute of Emergency Services and is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.
Away from firefighting John has an interest in the moving camera having had a concurrent career in television production between 1998 and 2014. He was heavily involved with the Olympics broadcast movement for the 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2006 Torino Winter and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
To escape reality, John frequents his ancestral roots in the Mediterranean and tours the world by motorbike.