The City of Kamloops and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) are pleased to announce the renewal of the service agreement that will see Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) provide fire protection and rescue services to Reserve lands. This agreement is a demonstration of the growing partnership between the City and TteS and the dedication to serve our communities together.
The agreement was finalized at an official signing at Fire Station No.1 with Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir and Mayor Ken Christian. Joining them in the group photo is Kamloops Fire Chief Steve Robinson, TteS Councillor Justin Gottfriedson, and Director Byron McCorkell.
The new agreement includes language and definitions around cultural burning as a right and responsibility of Indigenous peoples and a practice undertaken by the TteS membership. This addition to the agreement highlights the importance of cultural understanding and a commitment to continuous learning.
“Negotiations for agreements like this provide an opportunity to enhance cultural awareness and understanding,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “This agreement is a result of transparency and mutual trust with a shared goal of protecting our community.”
Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir stated, “TteS is pleased as this agreement is reflection our relationship with the City of Kamloops and our ongoing commitment to further uphold community health and safety. We take pride in the collaboration with the Kamloops Fire Rescue. This agreement has been finalized in a way that is supported by both Councils while upholding respect and trust in a common effort to community safety.”
In addition to fire protection and rescue services, KFR will provide FireSmart education to the TteS membership, Sk’elep School, and Little Fawn Day Care and will work with TteS to regularly share FireSmart and fire-related information to the community.
The agreement is in effect until March 31, 2024, with an optional two-year extension. The annual fee paid by TteS varies each year based on the City’s cost to provide services and number of serviced properties, and is calculated to be over $1.1 million for the first service year.