Welcome to our Firefighter spotlight section, recognizing the dedication and passion put forth by our members.
Firefighter Karlee Snetsinger
“We are made to persist… that’s how we found out who we are. Tobias Wolfe”
In pursuit of a challenge, Merritt Fire Rescue welcomed, now, Firefighter Karlee Snetsinger back in 2016. Snetsinger, notes that while she had never, previously, been part of something that “pushes her so hard” (both mentally and physically) Snetsinger has risen to the challenge and continues to expand her learning with every opportunity that comes her way. Snetsinger’s experience, a biology degree from University of Northern British Columbia and, work in the Water Stewardship Department for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development, lends itself to a unique skill-set on the fireground. Last year, the MFRD family expanded to include Snetsinger’s son; now over a year-old, Snetsinger has returned to the floor. “It has been a challenge as a new mom, especially as I return to work after maternity leave. But I know that continuing to be part of something that gives back to people in need is an important thing I want to teach my son. You have to give back to the community that supports you, be involved in groups that make the place you love better and support people who need help.” Snetsinger also notes that without “my husband, Andrew…holding down the fort at home” she wouldn’t be able to do what she does. With an open mind and willingness to learn, we look forward to seeing Firefighter Snetsinger’s progression in the fire service and want to thank her and her family for their continued service to our community.