The City of Kamloops has a new fire chief.
Steve Robinson was announced today (Feb. 1, 2021) as the new fire chief for Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR). Robinson has been acting fire chief since Mike Adams retired in December.
Robinson has been in leadership with KFR since 2016 when he relocated from Surrey Fire Service to Kamloops as an assistant chief. He began his career as a firefighter in Surrey in 1992, and later became the assistant chief in charge of operations, dispatch, and the Fire Prevention Office.
In his role overseeing Surrey’s Fire Prevention Office, he was involved with creating a HomeSafe program that focused on increasing the number of homes protected by working smoke alarms.
That program is now being used by fire departments across Canada, including KFR.
“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 skillset, and overall professionalism to lead as Fire Chief during these critical times,” said Byron McCorkell, the City’s community and protective services director.
Robinson’s official start date as fire chief is today.