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Jessica Eadie

from Working in a Video Store to Bushfire Safety officer
I work with community, and other partners to reduce bushfire risk.
Defence and Public Safety
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)
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  • Opportunities for travel internationally and locally within Australia.
  • Flying to map fires and provide intel to ground crew

About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

My life didn’t follow the exact plan I had envisioned. I dreamt of being a princess, a marine biologist, an actor, even a 3D animator for Pixar. But unexpectedly, I found myself in the realm of fire, where incredible opportunities awaited me.

Growing up in a small community in South Africa, I had a hunger for excitement and adventure. My parents wanted the best for us, so we embarked on a journey to Australia in 2010, seeking new opportunities.

Little did I know, my path would lead me to join the Rural Fire Service as a volunteer. This unexpected turn opened doors to a world where I get to engage in thrilling experiences while safeguarding my community.

Today, I find myself fortunate to partake in incredible activities and play a vital role in protecting the people around me. It’s an unexpected journey that has allowed me to blend my passions and serve a greater purpose.

About my role

  • Humorous
  • Independent
  • Passionate
  • Spontaneous

The Bushfire Safety Officer is responsible for implementing and coordinating bushfire safety measures in Southeast Queensland. This crucial role involves developing and executing strategies to minimize the risk of bushfire incidents and ensure community safety.

 Working closely with government agencies, emergency services, and community organizations, they design and implement bushfire safety plans, adhering to national and state guidelines and regulations. Conducting comprehensive risk assessments, they identify potential hazards and vulnerabilities and develop effective mitigation strategies.

Additionally, the Safety Officer engages with communities, delivering educational programs and workshops to promote preparedness and proactive measures. During bushfire emergencies, they collaborate with emergency services in coordinating responses, providing intel and undertaking air observation to assist ground crews. Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of safety initiatives, ensuring compliance, and fostering partnerships are also key responsibilities.

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  • High School Certificate (Matric Endorsement – South Africa)
  • Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design and Animation
  • Multiple Certificates in Public Safety


  • Biology
  • Dance
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Specialist Mathematics (Maths C)


  • National Emergency Medal and Clasps for various Emergencies
  • Highly Commended Outstanding Female Leader – Rural Fire Service 2023
  • Multiple Citations and Certificates of Appreciation from QFES / NSW for various roles performed in QFES and outside State Emergency response.


  • Cooking
  • Gaming
  • Gym
  • Scuba Diving
  • Travel


  • 2 Dog

15 year old me!!

“Don’t be afraid to take those risks. Every one of them has turned out great and led you to exactly where you need to be.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Studied Graphics Design and Animation
  2. Immigrated to Australia in 2010 from South Africa
  3. Volunteered with Rural Fire Service
  4. Became staff member of QFES
  5. International Training Exchange in South Africa (WTREXSA)

My employer

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management, and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland. They deliver this through our Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES).  As part of the Queensland Government, we are committed to building a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve.