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

November 10, 2019

Message From The Ontario Retired Firefighters Association:

Dear ROFFA members in the OMERS pension plan,

The ORFFA has recently been made aware of several proposed by-law amendments that would fundamentally change OMERS, weakening the voices of workers and their unions. Click here to read a joint letter issued by the Employee-side Sponsors of OMERS in response.

With less than 3 weeks’ notice and no consultation with Sponsor Organizations, we have been informed that the OMERS Sponsor Corporation (SC) Board is scheduled to vote on these amendments on November 14th. The Employee Sponsors of OMERS have requested that this vote be deferred until more information is provided to us for consideration and consultation.

Should these by-law amendments pass, the OMERS SC Board would no longer be appointed by and accountable to Sponsor Organizations and their members – like you. The OMERS SC Board is responsible for determining plan benefits and contributions and some of these proposed changes are unprecedented in Canada. No other pension plans have attempted to take away the representation rights of workers in the way that is being proposed here. These changes could undermine the political viability and sustainability of OMERS as a jointly sponsored pension plan, where unions and employers have equal voice.


We will keep you informed of developments and opportunities to take action.




Gerry Pedwell


October 27, 2019

Message From Gerry Pedwell, President - Ontario Retired Firefighters Association;

Retired brothers and sisters,

This grant is available to the families of first responders who have died as a result of their duties on or after April 1, 2018. Please share with any family who may be eligible so they may apply if they haven’t already.

“The Memorial Grant Program for First Responders recognizes the service and sacrifice of responders in keeping Canadians safe. Through the program, families of first responders who die as a result of their duties can receive a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct maximum payment of $300,000.” Read More >

July 27, 2018

Volunteers Needed

Fire Prevention Canada is looking for Directors and Sponsors. 
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Bytown Fire Brigade


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

Fire Fighters' 50/50 DRAW

September 2019 Winner


Scott Boyce - Prevention

More information about the 50/50 draw >

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Ottawa Fire Services

Band News

Ebert Dicks

Ebert Dicks, the founder of the Ottawa Fire Department Band had a vision to form a band staffed with fire fighters. He was a stern man with a gruff voice that was intimidating. Perfectly suited for his position of Chief of the Ottawa Fire Department Drill School, which is the present day Training Division. Read More > 

Meet the Band Members: Dawson McVeetors

  • Original 1969  Bandmember

  • One of the few firefighters that had any musical experience at the time, which was needed to form the new band.

  • First instrument played - Glockenspiel

  • Became President of the Band after founder Ebert Dicks passed. Read More > 

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Death Notices

Upcoming Events

ROFFA member/retired Captain Harry Moffatt passed away

In keeping with Harry’s wishes, a private family service was held. Donations to The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation or LAWS would be appreciated. Read More >

ROFFA member/former Nepean Firefighter Gord Kettles passed November 2nd, 2019.

Details for Gord Kettles funeral


This Friday November 8, 2019 


Capital Memorial Cemetery 

3700 Prince of Wales Drive


Visitation - 12-2 PM 

Ceremony - 2 PM

Celebration of Life - 3 PM - Manotick Legion, 5550 Ann Street  Read More >

ROFFA Member/Former Captain Jim McDougall passed away

He was a retired Captain of the Ottawa Fire Department (33 years). He loved to be alive and so proud of his daughters. He enjoyed nature (especially wolves) and his family. Jim loved to help people and often wrote personalized poems. He will be remembered for his heart of gold and his wonderful warm smile. A Memorial Service for James will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Fallowfield Church, 15 Steeple Hill Crescent. Reception to follow. Read More >

ROFFA member/Former Gloucester Firefighter Marcel Madore passed away

Passed away on October 4th 2019 at the age of 90. He was the beloved husband of Thérèse Côté (deceased) and loving father of Jean-Claude, Pauline, Lise, Gilles, Rachel and Sylvain. Pre-deceased by his parents, Ernest Madore and Laurette Giroux, also brothers and sisters Clément, André, Gilles, Monique, Solange, survived by Marie-Reine, Michel, Huguette and Pierre. Read More >

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Don't miss the monthly Reunion Breakfasts!

A great way to keep the camaraderie alive


Bruce's Breakfast: Last Friday of every month, at 7:30 a.m. at KC's Country Inn Restaurant

Billy's Breakfast:  Second Friday of every month, at 8:00 a.m. at Summerhays Grill


More Info > 

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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


Where: Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial Site

Ottawa City Hall

Time: 11:00am

Canadian Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony


Where: CFFF Memorial, Lebreton Flats

Time: 10:30am

International Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony


Where: IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Colorado Springs

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