Firefighter Spotlight

Welcome to our Firefighter spotlight section, recognizing the dedication and passion put forth by our members.


Firefighter Cory Woods

Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.”

Firefighter Cory Woods, heavy duty mechanic for Nadina Logging by day, firefighter…always. Woods joined Merritt Fire Rescue back in 2009. He brought with him 9 years of experience from his time on the Chilliwack Fire Department, as well as his volunteer firefighting experience from Faro, Yukon. Woods, who is currently working towards an officer’s position on the fire department, is a highly valued member of our team. His expertise in pumping makes him the “go to” for Engine & Pumping Operations and a mentor. When asked what originally drew him into the fire service he noted his fascination of fire, the adrenaline rush that comes with the job and the wish to make a difference in his community. With decades of service under his belt, his passion has not left the fire service. “I can’t imagine doing anything different” Woods notes, “it’s part of who I am”. With the support of his wife, Joanne, and daughter, we thank Woods for his dedication and, his family for their support in his service to our community.