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.

Latest News

August 03, 2020

Message from Ottawa Police member, Pat Alden. Pat oversees the Ottawa Chapter of “Rolling Barrage” which is a cross country motorcycle event. He is looking after the ride from Ottawa to Kingston this Sunday, August 9th

My name is Pat Alden and I am the Ottawa Organizer for The Rolling Barrage. This initiative is particularly important to me because of my connection with those affected and have seen what can happen. I am inviting your organization to attend the Ottawa event on 8 and 9 August. The ride will go from Ottawa to Kingston on the afternoon of the 9th of August, this may interest your members. We will be doing speeches at the firefighters memorial in Ottawa. We have invited the OFS Chief and would also like to invite you to say some words about PTSD and mental health in the Fire services.. I played hockey with OFS east div for 2 years and am aware you have the same issues as the rest of the emergency services and the military. Read More >

July 27, 2020

Update On The Upcoming Roffa Golf Tournament September 15th 2020

Space is almost sold out.


If you have been thinking of joining us but  haven’t emailed your request for registration yet, please do so now.


At this time, we have space left for one more foursome and three more individuals which will bring us the maximum allowed of 100 players.


Once we reach our maximum, additional requests will be put on a cancellation list.





July 27, 2020

Beloved, Long Time Ofs Chaplain John Bridges Retires From His Chuch Duties Today But Is Staying On As Our Chaplain

You can listen to this great Podcast of Bishop Shane Parker chatting  with John who reflects on his time with us as OFS Chaplain and his upcoming retirement.  Taped yesterday, Saturday, July 25, 2020. Click here to listen to the podcast.

July 23, 2020

Message Of Deep Appreciation From Martin And Elaine Michels

As we approach a total of $68,000.00 raised so far, Martin and Elaine have asked that I share the following message with you all…



At a difficult time in our lives, we are so deeply grateful for the kindness and support that our friends, family and colleagues have shown to us.  

Although this is a difficult journey, you have lifted our spirits, touched our hearts, and enabled us to focus on the many blessings we have in our lives. Martin’s health and quality of life have improved significantly since starting this new chemo treatment. 

We are humbled as we say thank you for all you have done and although words cannot fully express our gratitude, we need you to know how much we appreciate your support and generosity.  


Martin and Elaine Michels

July 10, 2020

Ottawa Firefighters Cancer Support Fund to help ROFFA member Martin Michels

Brother Martin Michels has been battling Pancreatic cancer for over two years now. Following a partial remission, Martin’s cancer has recently come back with a vengeance and he is now fighting for his life.


Since Martin’s cancer has now not been responding well to the OHIP approved and funded chemotherapy treatment, his doctor’s recommendation was to get him on this different chemotherapy treatment which isHealth Canada approved but unfortunately not funded by OHIP.


This is the only option he has right now and he needs to be on this treatment in order to stay alive and hopefully have a positive outcome in the end.


The total by-weekly cost of this treatment is close to $5,000. The drug manufacturer has agreed to give him a 25% discount which still leaves him with an expense of  $3,689.59 every two weeks. The Ottawa Hospital has given him a one month supply free of charge which lasted him until last month. Read More >

July 03, 2020

Our congratulations to District Chief Mark Smith for his retirement on June 30th!

Welcome to ROFFA Mark!


Message from Mark’s father, retired Deputy Fire Chief Dave Smith:


Congratulations to my son Mark who retires today after 30 years with Ottawa Fire Service, I know you will enjoy your time at Green Lake and more time with family & friends. So very proud of all you have accomplished.


It really hits home that you are starting to get old when your son retires from the job.

June 30, 2020

Firefighters and friends hang up their helmets after 37 years

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For more info and/or to be included in the draw please e-mail

Fire Fighters' 50/50 DRAW

June 2020 Winner


Lisa Acreman - Administration

More information about the 50/50 draw >

Upcoming Events


September 15, 2020 at the Equinelle
Golf Course

This year’s tournament will once again take place at the award winning eQuinelle Golf Course.


We are still working out the final details on exactly how we will be permitted to proceed amid the Covid-19 pandemic but you can be sure that it will still be a great golfing day. 


It does not appear as we will be able to have a shotgun start as we did in the past so we will all have consecutive set tee times.


Special price: $65.00 includes 18 holes round of golf, electric golf cart and a light meal following the tournament.


Once again, we will solicit our sponsors to donate prizes etc…


This invitation is extended to all active and retired members along with their spouses.


This is all for the spirit of the game and spending a day with old friends. All levels of players are welcome. Best ball will be the game’s format.


A maximum of 100 players only will be allowed so please register early if you want to secure a spot.


You can register your individual reservations or foursomes by writing to us here.


Final details will be sent to everyone a few weeks prior to the tournament.

Ottawa Fire History

Death Notices

ROFFA member Tom Hill passed away

1940 -2020 Thomas Roy Hill of Pakenham, Ontario passed away peacefully at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital Saturday, July 26th, 2020 at the age of 79. He was predeceased by his son Bradly (December, 1999). Beloved husband of 56 years to Mary Lynn Hill (nee Taylor) and devoted father of Steven Hill (Kelly). Tom was blessed to have four granddaughters. Ryleigh, Megan, Kenna and Paige will miss their grandpa. A special thank you to Dr. Arleigh McCurdy of the Ottawa General Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the Boyce Funeral Home Ltd., 138 Daniel Street North, Arnprior. A celebration of Tom’s life to take place at a date to be announced. A donation in Tom’s memory can be made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada ( or Myeloma Canada (

Connie Dagg, wife of ROFFA member Sam Dagg passed away on July 20th.

More details to follow when they become available.

ROFFA member/ retired Captain Robert A. (Bob) Smith passed away on the morning of July 1st following a brain aneurysm.

R. A. (BOB) Smith  Born Oct 31, 1948, Joined OFD May 05, 1971


Our Dad wants to leave this world quietly. There's no service. Instead, take a moment to reach out to someone who might be a little lonely. Start a conversation and finish it with an "I love you." Read More >

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2020 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremonies

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

Ottawa Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: September 11, 2020

Where: Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial Site

Ottawa City Hall

Time: 11:00am

Canadian Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: September 13, 2020

Where: CFFF Memorial, Lebreton Flats

Time: 10:30am

International Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: September 19, 2020

Where: IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Colorado Springs

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