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Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association

The Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association (ROFFA) was founded in 2010, by a group of Ottawa Retired Firefighters for the purpose of establishing an organization dedicated to serving retired Ottawa Firefighters, their spouses, widows and widowers.

Once an active Ottawa Firefighter retires, he or she automatically becomes a Member of ROFFA.

Please inform us of your retirement to be added to the ROFFA email alert list.

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November 18, 2020

It’s that time of year when kids everywhere are making their lists and checking them twice. For many children in Ottawa, however, it’s a little different – this year, more than ever. Their hoped-for toy may not be under the tree waiting Christmas morning, unless we have your help.

Due to the current pandemic, the 50-year strong Help Santa Toy Parade and Santa Parade of Lights have been cancelled. 

But, nothing can stop Santa!

While we are all disappointed, our goal to spread happiness and cheer to families in need in our Community remains the same. It just may look a little different this year…

Together with the Retired Ottawa Fire Fighters’ Association, many partners are joining forces to keep Toy Mountain growing. Thanks to Frontline Credit Union, the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, Ottawa Fire Services, and the Salvation Army, for carrying on this Ottawa tradition.

How can you become one of Santa’s elves?

Give generously to the “Help Santa Campaign” where your donations will go directly to supporting the important work of the Salvation Army in getting toys in the hands of kids in need this year. Help us reach our goal of $150,000.

Also, consider dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at one of the collection locations found on the Toy Mountain website which includes Frontline Credit Union at 365 Richmond Road in Westboro, any of the four Firehouse Subs restaurants located across the city and at all Tony Graham Lexus/Toyota Dealerships.

Even though the sounds and excitement of the parades will be missing this year, Santa cannot be stopped!

Help raise $150,000 and donate to support our community today.


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If you wish to donate by e-transfer this can be done using HelpSantaToyParade@frontlinecu.com  .. or .. if you are a member you can transfer directly from your account to the Toy Mountain account. 613 729-4312

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Tribute to Firefighters 2020

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Bytown Fire Brigade

For more info and/or to be included in the draw please e-mail bytown5050@gmail.com

Fire Fighters' 50/50 DRAW

September 2020 Winner


Shawn Thompson – 54’D’

More information about the 50/50 draw >

Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming ROFFA events

Death Notices

Wayne Brownlee

Passed away on October 29, 2020

Wayne passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Thursday morning October 29th following a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.


He was the brother of the late Firefighter Gary Brownlee, the nephew of the late Platoon Chief Desmond Brownlee, the late Platoon Chief Clayton (Cookie) Brownlee and retired District Chief Allen Brownlee.


More details will be posted as soon as they become available.

Les McBride

Passed away on October 15, 2020

ROFFA member/retired Captain Les McBride passed away following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was only 62 years old.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions a private family service will be held, and a celebration of life will take place at a later date. Read More >

Richard Renaud

Passed away on September 23, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Richard “Rich” Renaud, age 73.  

Richard passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 while on vacation in Kelowna, British Columbia. His wife Patricia Renaud was by his side.  Read More >

Please click here if you would like to send a tribute and/or a message of condolences to Richard’s family.

Ottawa Fire History

2021 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremonies

Come together to pay tribute to local, national and international fallen Firefighters.

Ottawa Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: TBD

Where: Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial Site

Ottawa City Hall

Time: 11:00am

Canadian Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: TBD

Where: CFFF Memorial, Lebreton Flats

Time: 10:30am

International Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: TBD

Where: IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Colorado Springs

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