Fire Chief Martin Bell from Conquerall Bank is the recipient of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services (CVFSA) Lifetime Achievement Award, the CVFSA announced July 17 in a press release.
The award honours an individual whose remarkable achievements in the fire service and community exemplifies outstanding performance.
"We are deeply proud of Chief Bell and the many contributions he has made during his years of service as a volunteer firefighter," Graham Pawlett, National President of the CVFSA, said in the release.
"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Association. Chief Bell is a charter member and we are thrilled that the committee has selected him as this year's recipient."
Bell joined the Conquerall Bank Fire Department in 1973, rose through the ranks, and served as chief for 15 years. He attended many training sessions at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School and was a volunteer instructor at the fire school for five years.
Bell encouraged his firefighters to set high goals for themselves. One of these goals was to build a new fire hall which included apparatus storage and a recreational hall in one building.
Bell trained a medical response team in CPR and advanced first aid, purchased an AED, and a second-hand ambulance and was one of the first fire departments in the province to provide medical first response services outside of Halifax-Dartmouth.
As a firm believer in personal community involvement, Bell undertook leadership roles in his local fire department, the community, and on provincial boards. Bell has served in senior positions on provincial and national boards as well.
On several occasions he has provided leadership on financial strategies such as his work on the audit and finance committees for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation where he served six terms. He has continued his leadership role in this respect for nearly two decades.
Bell was elected to Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Council in October 2000. Bell was re-elected in
October 2004 to represent District 13. In October 2008 Martin was elected, representing District 11 after the boundaries were changed. He was also re-elected in 2012 and 2016. In November 2009 and again in 2017 he was selected to serve as deputy mayor for a one-year term.