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

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

June 23, 2020

Note of appreciation from the family of the late Pat Dorion

Hello all,


Sue, Mark and Jamie Dorion asked that I extend their to you their sincerest thanks and gratitude for your assistance, representation and respects for their husband and father Ottawa Firefighter Pat Dorion.  Below is an excerpt from a letter I received from them which better relays their appreciation:


"Please pass along that the Family was deeply moved by the attendance of the Fire Department - from beginning to the end. They lined outside the back of the chapel and saluted my Dad and us as we left at the end of the service.

When I went up to speak and looked out and saw all of the firemen standing outside of the chapel, I was overcome with emotion and had a very difficult time speaking. Neil, this is another example of where words can't do this moment justice. Please pass along our gratitude to the Ottawa Fire Department, The Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association, The City of Ottawa, Retirees and anyone else I may be missing. My Dad, who never liked any Fuss, would have been deeply honoured by this display of recognition and last respects. Please also thank those who shared stories and memories. Again, I can't find all the right words to describe how much it meant to us - how about....The Family passes on an eternal thank you."


With respect, and admiration,


Neil McMillan

June 01, 2020

Special Message From Dave Smith, OFFCF Fundraising Chairman

As Fundraising Chair for the Ottawa Fire Fighters Community Foundation, I am responsible for identifying funding sources and soliciting the operating budget that allows us to maintain and constantly upgrade our Memorial Site as well as conducting an honourable and respectful Annual Memorial Service.


Like all charitable organizations we must compete for funding.  This has become especially difficult during this current pandemic.  In the past, we have been able to avoid direct requests for operating capital by holding fundraising events throughout the year.  Unfortunately, like all large gatherings, Covid-19 has also put our events on hold. Read More > 

June 01, 2020

David Smith, Retired Deputy Chief's Interview on 1310

Click on the link below to listen to the audio interview.

April 20, 2020

Message from IAFF Local 162

Please note that the Annual Reunion Dinner has been rescheduled to Tuesday September 29, 2020.

April 02, 2020

NEWSLETTER: ROFFA, We're here for you!

Helps is only a call or an email away.

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March 26, 2020

Health Insurance Update

Important information about claims and coverage


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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

April 2020 Winner


Lt. Wayne Carver – 33’B’

More information about the 50/50 draw >

Upcoming Events


September 15, 2020 at the Equinelle
Golf Course

Mark your calendars. Details to come. 

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Ottawa Fire History

Death Notices

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 >

Brian Wright passed away. Brian was a former Captain with the Rideau Township FD (North Gower station) and cousin to Lt Greg Wright (Station 47B)

In hospital on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in his 73rd year. A Drive Thru visitation will be held at the Kars Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 1610 Roger Stevens Dr., Kars on Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. followed by a private family service. Inurnment Holy Trinity Cemetery. 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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