Kamloops Fire Rescue’s new fire chief is Steve Robinson, who had been working as acting fire chief since former chief Mike Adams retired in December.
“The city is fortunate to secure Chief Robinson in this position, not only for his demonstrated leadership, but along with his dedication to the fire service, team building skill set and overall professionalism to lead as fire chief during these critical times,” the city’s community and protective services director, Byron McCorkell, said in a press release.
Robinson was formerly assistant fire chief and has worked in a leadership capacity with KFR since 2016. Robinson’s firefighting background dates back to the 1990s in Surrey.
Working in fire prevention in the Lower Mainland, Robinson is credited with helping to create a HomeSafe program to protect homes via smoke alarms. The program has since been adopted across the country, including in Kamloops.
Adams was named fire chief in 2017, succeeding retiring chief Dale McLean. Adams earlier told KTW he was planning to retire and stay in the Kamloops area.