City, TNRD may share costs of full-time emergency staffer

The staff member position, which would be a shared cost between the city and regional district, would co-ordinate training, recruitment and retention of emergency teams

The City of Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District are exploring the idea of jointly hiring an emergency support services staff member following flooding and wildfires in recent years.

“We need to be more proactive with that type of a service, as we’ve seen need in ’17 and ’18,” TNRD CAO Sukh Gill said. “It will allow us to be more proactive.”

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The staff member position, which would be a shared cost between the city and regional district, would co-ordinate training, recruitment and retention of emergency teams.

A similar position was contracted out in the past through the Red Cross, but expired.

“We have a number of teams in the region where we want to better co-ordinate them with the Kamloops team, potentially, if we have another incident like ’17, where they were interchanging each other,” Gill said.

TNRD finance director Doug Rae said the TNRD would fund one-third of the costs, which is expected to be about $35,000.

“It’s built into this budget, but dependent on what the City of Kamloops does with that position in the 2019 municipal budget,” Rae said.

“This is a heads-up in terms of that.”

City of Kamloops finance director Kathy Humphrey said the position will go before council in the new year for discussion.

“I’m pretty sure it’s a request coming forward during supplemental [budget items],” she said.

Supplemental budget items are additional requests on top of the provisional budget.

They will be presented to city council on Feb. 5.

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