Fire Chief (retired) Brian Starkell
President 2020 to present
From the Town of Nipawin, Saskatchewan and with over 43 years
working as a firefighter,
Fire officer and Instructor.
President 2013 – 2014 and 2019 to present
Firefighter Graham E. Pawlett 2015-2019
From Port Moody Fire & Rescue. A recipient of the MLSA medal for 34 years of dedicated service. Past President 2015 – 2019
Firefighter Troy R. Mutch
President 2013 – 2014 and 2019
From Town of Calmar, Alberta and with over 30 years working as a volunteer firefighter
in the Calmar Fire Department and the Maskwacis Fire Department.
Firefighter Mike P. Purtill 2011 and 2012
Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner
From Springfield, Manitoba and with over 23 years working with the volunteer fire service where he currently serves with the North East Health Association as a MFR. Mike is also a member of the R.M. of Springfield Municipal Council
Firefighter/Paramedic Martin E. Bell, EMD-Q 2008 to 2011
From Conquerall Bank Volunteer Fire Department, Nova Scotia. With over 35 years in the volunteer fire service. Paramedic and Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Formerly President of FSANS and MFCA
Fire Chief Fred Kennedy 2007 and 2008
From Blackville Volunteer Fire Department, New Brunswick. With over 40 years in the volunteer fire service. Plant Safety Officer – Pulp & Paper Industry Formerly President of NBAFC and MFCA
Firefighter Michael J. Walsh 2001 to 2006
From Gibsons Volunteer Fire Department, British Columbia. With over 30 years in the volunteer fire service. Plant Safety Officer – Pulp & Paper Industry Formerly President of VFABC
The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) is the only national organization whose sole purpose is to represent volunteer fire and emergency first responders and volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Since 1999, we’ve proudly supported volunteer fire and EMS departments across Canada through our advocacy, education seminars, insurance programs, web site, resources, and government representation. It is unfortunately a fact our Federal, Provincial, and most Municipal governments do not provide any financial support for CVFSA, the association that represents and supports the Volunteer Fire Departments & their Firefighters whom you rely upon in your communities across Canada.
It takes a special kind of person willing to take on the challenge of responding to life-threatening emergencies. The CVFSA is devoted to giving our nation’s volunteer fire and EMS departments everything they need to support their local fire and EMS personnel and raise awareness about their critically important role in keeping our communities safe. You can help us fulfill our mission by pledging your support today.
The costs of running this valuable organization for you are currently borne by:
MEMBERSHIP DUES – Volunteer Firefighters are not required to become members of CVFSA but many Fire Departments and individual Volunteer Firefighters are. To those departments & individuals who are not members we encourage you to join now. To those who are members, we thank you for your support.
SUPPORT FROM THOSE WHO VALUE WHAT CVFSA DOES – To date some corporations & some individuals have come forward with financial support with only our deep gratitude and thanks in return. Our thanks to you cannot be overly expressed. We could not have functioned as well without you. We invite all corporations and individuals to step forward in support of CVFSA. Telephone us, write us, e-mail us. We want your support and will be pleased to have you contact us.
BEQUESTS AND ESTATE PLANNING – Remember the CVFSA in your estate plans and ensure the voice of the volunteer continues to thrive.
MEMORIAL GIFT – Recognize a loved one who has passed away and celebrate their life and commitment to the volunteer emergency services by making a gift to the CVFSA in their memory. Specify during the donation process who the gift is in memory of and the contact information for the family, and the CVFSA will notify the family that you have made the gift in memory of their loved one.
CHARITABLE DONATION STATUS – CVFSA is now recognized as a National Canadian Charity. Registration was effective January 1, 2008 under Business Number 86606 5733 RR0001. You may check our credentials as described under `Registered Charities and the Income Tax Act`, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. When you make a donation, we will forward to you a receipt for income tax purposes.