CITY – Kamloops Fire Rescue names new chief to start in August

Ken Uzeloc.

Kamloops Fire Rescue has a new chief.

The City announced today (June 22, 2022) that Ken Uzeloc will take on the job effective Aug. 2.

Uzeloc has more than 30 years of experience and has been the Deputy Chief for the Calgary Fire Department for the past 15 years, where he oversaw portfolios in risk management, diversity and inclusion, operations and technical teams, planning and compliance, and administration.

Uzeloc has a Bachelor of Applied Business in Emergency Service with Distinction, Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, Strategic Management Certificate, and completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the U.S. Fire Administration.

He holds professional designations as an executive fire officer, executive chief fire officer, and chief fire officer. Uzeloc is also a published author on various fire service topics and has spoken at national and international fire conferences on his work.

“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 Byron McCorkell, the City’s community and protective services director.

“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.”

Uzeloc said he’s “extremely honoured” to take on his new role.

“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.”

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