Emergency Management BC was at city hall on Tuesday, sharing with the city — and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Tk’emlups te Secwepemc — a Premier’s Award it received in the central region for organizational excellence.
EMBC regional manager Kayla Pepper praised the city’s partnership in emergency management.
“We applaud city staff for their flood-mitigation efforts and we commend [Kamloops Fire Rescue] chief [Mike] Adams and his team, as well, for recent and very successful fire smart investments and initiatives that have been going underway in the city,” Pepper said.
EMBC wanted to honour the city in part for stepping forward in 2017, when Kamloops welcomed more than 10,000 evacuees fleeing wildfires across the Interior. Kamloops has been designated as a supply chain hub for the province in the event of catastrophic events.
“The City of Kamloops always gets caught doing the right thing,” EMBC senior regional manager Peter Prendergast said.
EMBC received the Premier’s Award last year in Victoria.
Coun. Arjun Singh was acting mayor during the fires in 2017 and said Kamloops hosted the province in a way the city can always be proud of, from multi-level government collaboration to the volunteers and staff.
“I have lots of confidence in the ability of all of us to do this work going forward. It’s going to be very, very challenging work, there’s no doubt about that,” Singh said.