For Immediate Release

March 31, 2021

The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) wishes to announce the retirement of Chief (Ret.) Martin E. Bell from the Association of March 31, 2021.


Chief Bell has served the CVFSA since August of 1999 whereby he was asked to act as the Inaugural Recording Secretary of the newly formed Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association.  Since that time, Chief Bell has served the CVFSA in several Executive offices including Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President and most recently, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) until his retirement. Chief Bell has been recognized as a strong voice and advocate of the volunteer fire service across Canada, most recently recognized for his dedication and service in 2019 as the CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award© recipient, which also marked the 20th Anniversary of the Association.


Chief Bell joined the Conquerall Bank Fire Department in 1973, ultimately achieving the rank of Fire Chief, serving in this role for 15 years. He attended many training sessions at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School where he was also a volunteer instructor for five years. He has also served on multiple local, provincial, and federal Associations over the past many years where through his leadership, mentoring, coaching and guidance, Chief Bell has contributed to building them into the robust organizations they are today.


On behalf of the CVFSA, the Board would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Mrs. Cheryl Bell and her family for sharing Chief Bell in his 20+ years for countless hours and tireless efforts into the CVFSA and the betterment of the volunteer fire services in Canada as a whole as it has not gone unnoticed.


Chief Bell, we wish you all the best in your retirement.