Dr Mike Logan

Dr Michael Logan AFSM is the Director of the Research and Scientific Branch (RSB) within the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). The QFES response area is about 1.7 million square kilometres and has more than 40,000 volunteers and employed staff. 

Michael Logan has a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of New South Wales and has numerous specific qualifications across emergency management.

Dr Logan leads a team that provides expertise to manage Hazardous Materials and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) emergencies across Queensland, New Zealand, Northern Territory, and other jurisdictions. The RSB provides this expertise almost 500 times a year. The expertise offered to assure the safety of responders, community and the environment ranges from identifying and characterising hazards, selection of Personal Protective Equipment, decontamination, community and environmental protection strategies, to mitigation of the threats.

The RSB also undertakes a variety of other activities including emergency planning, training, policy capability development, and research across emergency management for the QFES.  He has provided expertise at more than 2500 incidents including to jurisdictions such as Timor-Leste and New Zealand and has led to the development and provision of CBRN/HAZMAT responses for major events ranging from G20 to Commonwealth Games and APEC meetings.

Dr Logan has developed a research program collaborating nationally and internationally that  focusses on issues of interest to emergency responders. It has included for example: firefighter exposures and respiratory protection, risk based skin decontamination of CBRN agents, Homemade explosives (HME) detection and mitigation, extending application of detectors in emergency situations and to the Emergency Response Decision Support System (ERDSS HAZMAT/CBRN decision support software) used by more many agencies globally.

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