Join us in Kamloops for the 2024 BC Indigenous Firefighter Competition

May 18, 2024

indigenous firefighters in a line ready to run.

We are thrilled to invite the public to our 39th Annual BC Indigenous Firefighter Competition, set to take place at Riverside Park in Kamloops, BC on Saturday, June 1, 2024. This highly anticipated event brings together First Nation fire departments from across the province of BC to showcase their skills and compete in a series of firefighting drills.

There will be approximately 53 dedicated firefighters competing at this event and we’re asking the community to come out and cheer them on!

For the past 40 years, FNESS has been hosting this annual event, rotating it among different communities each year following the BC Fire Expo. Each year, the winning team of the competition earns the opportunity to advance to the National Indigenous Firefighter Competition and represent their respective First Nation fire department.

Prior to the competition, FNESS and the Kamloops Fire Department will lead the teams through a comprehensive two-day training program to further enhance each firefighter’s abilities and to help them prepare for the competition. In addition to enhancing knowledge and skills, the training and competition also builds visible camaraderie and sportsmanship among participants.

We encourage everyone to come out and cheer for these brave First Nation firefighters who volunteer to selflessly serve their communities.

Event details

What to bring

  • Bring your own chairs.
  • Bring your own umbrella to shelter from the sun if it’s warm out.
  • Bring your own food and refreshments. If it’s hot out, please remember to drink lots of water.

Getting there

  • Downtown Kamloops is currently experiencing a lot of road construction. Please check the roads before you leave and plan accordingly.
  • There are two parking lots located within Riverside Park. One is pay parking, one is free parking. To view the parking lot locations, please see the map of Riverside Park.
  • To see where in the park the competition will be, click this link to Google Maps.

If you have any questions, please contact