Experienced fire and emergency services leader Mark Bettens appointed as new CBRM Chief

March 1, 2024

SYDNEY, NS - The Cape Breton Regional Municipality today announced the hiring of a new Director of Fire and Emergency Services.

Veteran Fire Services official Mark Bettens will begin his role effective Monday, March 4th. 

With over 35 years of experience in emergency services and public service leadership, Bettens brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to his new role. Bettens' journey in emergency services began as a paramedic while still in high school, and over the years, he has served in various capacities, showcasing a commitment to excellence and community safety. Notably, he served as a volunteer firefighter for almost a decade in Glace Bay before transitioning to a distinguished career in CBRM Fire & Emergency Services, where he held progressively advancing leadership roles for the majority of his career. He has progressed through the ranks in the fire service over his career, most recently serving as Platoon Chief. 

Bettens also contributed significantly to the municipality in a seconded leadership role as the Executive Assistant in the Mayor's Office. During this period, he demonstrated high awareness of emergency management matters and collaborated actively during significant emergency management challenges faced by the municipal government. 

Bettens is known for his commitment to professional development. He has taken extensive training in the US and has taught extrication and Level 1 firefighting to CBRM career firefighters and volunteers, showcasing his dedication to the growth and training of the next generation of emergency responders. 

"As the incoming Director of Fire and Emergency Services for CBRM, I look forward to working on the issues and challenges facing a modern service," said Bettens. "With the support of the CAO and members of Council, I am confident in my ability to enhance the CBRM Fire and Emergency Services and increase overall safety for our firefighters and the public." 

“We are thrilled that Mark will be joining our team of Directors and look forward to the exceptional experience he brings to the role,” said CBRM Chief Administrative Officer, Marie Walsh. “His background, depth of experience is second to none and will be an incredible asset for our emergency services.”