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Kamloops’ new fire chief on way from Calgary

Ken Uzeloc will lead Kamloops Fire and Rescue as of Aug. 2
new KFR Chief Ken Uzeloc
Ken Uzeloc will slide into the Kamloops Fire Rescue chief's chair on Aug. 2, 2022.

The City of Kamloops has hired a new fire chief.

Ken Uzeloc will lead Kamloops Fire and Rescue as of Aug. 2. He comes to the city from the Calgary Fire Department and brings 30 years of experience.

He will succeed Steve Robinson, who retired as chief earlier this year.

Uzeloc was previously deputy chief for the Calgary Fire Department, where he worked for the past 15 years. He was also interim fire chief and director of emergency management, leading 1,400 employees between the Calgary Fire Service and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency.

Uzeloc began his career as a volunteer firefighter for the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary in B.C. 1986 and soon after became a professional firefighter. According to the city, Uzeloc brings with him myriad educational and professional certifications and is a published author.

"The city is fortunate to secure an experienced and accomplished professional to join our growing management team and to lead and mentor our firefighters,” said the city’s community and protective services director, Byron McCorkell, in a release.

“Ken possesses a unique balance of a rich educational background, strong leadership and proven dedication to the fire service, which will benefit the management team, firefighters and the community as a whole."

Added Uzeloc: "I am extremely honoured to be joining the dedicated team at Kamloops Fire Rescue and the City of Kamloops. I am excited for the opportunity to work with Kamloops Fire Rescue and to build on the tremendous service they provide every day to the citizens of Kamloops and the community.”