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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.

Latest News

Retired Members of the OFS Personal
ID Cards

June 7, 2021

 

Attention all members:

 

The OFS is now offering all ROFFA members their own personal OFS ID Cards.

 

Members can also choose to order a sew-on Flash (left sleeve-over service)and service bars.

 

 To request OFS Retired Member items, submit email to: ADM@Ottawa.ca 

Beau’s Brewery Donating Craft Beer to local Fire Fighters

June 3, 2021 (for immediate Press Release)

 

Eastern Ontario craft brewery Beau’s has partnered with the Retired Ottawa Fire Fighters Association (ROFFA) to get a giant gift of thank-you beer to their members. ROFFA is coordinating the safe distribution of the donated beer, along with a customized card thanking each member for the gift of their time.

 

In addition to being a retiree hub with a highly informative website for its members, ROFFA members are also active in many charitable events in and around Ottawa. Their membership encompasses over 1,000 retired fire fighters.

 

The connection between Beau’s and ROFFA was serendipitous. Beau’s CEO Steve Beauchesne contacted the founders of LOVE 613, Catherine Landry and Sharon Bosley House, in April to see how Beau’s might get involved with their start-up charitable project of volunteers gifting frontline workers with locally made treats. The conversations led Beau’s to retired firefighter Bob Larochelle, ROFFA’s current Vice-President, who was quick to rally with a COVID-safe plan to receive the beer donation and get it distributed. Read More >

New replacement granite sign installed after falling down to the ground and shattered last year

Sunday, May 31, 2021

 

From OFFCF Director Brian Conway

 

The Ottawa Fire Fighters Community Foundation has learned that we can't take our large Monument sign for granite.

 

One early morning in May, 2020 the grounds-keeping staff at Ottawa city hall called to report that our big granite sign (6' X 10') had fallen off the wall of the Fire Fighter Monument.

 

We couldn't imagine how this could happen and suspected that perhaps vandals had tampered with it. So we asked the city to check their security cameras. Sure enough the cameras had caught the action - at precisely 8:06 a.m. Turns out the video didn't show vandals at all. It simply showed the sign lazily sliding off its mountings (almost like slow motion) and crashing to the ground, where it lay shattered.

 

Our supplier from the Toronto area was truly amazed (and somewhat embarrassed) that the mounting brackets had failed. So they agreed to pay for its replacement by a local supplier - Grace Monuments of Carp.

 

Grace took the original specifications, ordered a large new slab of granite from India and designed a better mounting system. After many months, the granite arrived and was engraved to our specs.

 

On May 29, 2021 a skilled crew from Grace Monuments successfully installed the new sign, in all its glory. We very much hope it will decide to stay at home on the monument wall for decades and decades to come.

 

-Brian Conway

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Beers for Volunteers

May 22, 2021

 

The Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association in collaboration with Beau’s Brewery  would like to take this opportunity to recognize our amazing members who over the years, have helped in different ways make a difference in the life of others.

 

Beau’s Brewery has donated to ROFFA hundreds of cases of 24 “Big Boys Cans” of their fine crafted beer and we thought that this would be a perfect occasion for us to show our appreciation for the dedication of so many great people within our organization.

 

What a perfect timing to do this also, especially when we are slowly coming out of this long painful lockdown while we’ll soon be able to enjoy a nice cold beer with some of our friends and family.

 

In order to make sure that we don’t inadvertently miss anyone, we would like to ask each of you if you could please send us  your nominations of  all the volunteers that you know who deserves recognition. 

 

We are looking for those members from the OFS and  the former silos who have volunteered their time over the years with the following:

  • Salvation Army Canteen Truck,  

  • Christmas Kettle Bell, the Christmas parades

  • The Ottawa Firefighters Community Foundation,

  • The Dinner/Dance Committee,

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • ROFFA Founders and subsequent Executive Board members

  • Critical Incident Team

  • Frontline Financial employees

  • Covid-19 Emergency Response Team

  • Quest for cure

  • Etc

In the coming week, we will gather the information received, contact all the nominees and make arrangements for them to claim their gift at different pick up points to be determined throughout the city.

 

Kindly forward us the names, contact information and a brief description of their good deed by simply replying to this email at your earlies convenience.

 

Fraternally yours,

Bob Larochelle

 

Vice-President and Website Managing Editor

Retired Ottawa Fire Fighters Association

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

December 2020 Winner

$2,272

Matt Golden - Maintenance
 

More information about the 50/50 draw >

Upcoming Events

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Annual Charity Golf Classic

August 23, 2021, 12:00 PM

 

eQuinelle Golf Course (40 Equinelle Dr, Kemptville ON)

Our Annual Charity Golf Classic will be taking place on Monday, August 23rd at eQuinelle Golf Club in Kemptville and will be raising funds to support The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services program in Ottawa. 

Enjoy 18 holes at eQuinelle Golf Club, the Ottawa area's most awarded public Golf Course, with great company, conversation, on-course contests and great prizes, free golfer gifts and an exciting online silent auction. Registration for The Salvation Army's Annual Charity Golf Classic will open on April 19, 2021 with Early Bird Savings of $200! 
 

Tee Times every 9 minutes with best ball scramble format.

The Salvation Army will be working closely with eQuinelle Golf Club to ensure a COVID-19 Safe golf tournament for all our golfers. For more information, please visit salvationarmygolf.ca. 


Thank you for your ongoing partnership! Looking forward to seeing you on the green!

Heather Prystanski
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The Salvation Army - Ontario Division
820 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 3V7
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The 4th Annual ROFFA Golf Tournament
SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
 
eQuinelle Golf Course
 

We are happy to announce that you can now register your single, double, triple or foursome directly on our newly set-up portal.

 

Simply click on  this link egc-roffagolftournament1.golfgenius.com  and fill-in your personal and payment information.

 

If you are registering more than one player and you want to make sure that your group will be playing together, choose and enter a team captain and then every other player within that group is to enter that same team captain’s name.

 

The exact Covid-19 related rules for outdoor gatherings is still unclear at this time for September but we will advise as we get closer.

The 4th Annual ROFFA Golf Tournament

 

Proudly Sponsored By:

 

Frontline Financial Firefighters Credit Union

Firehouse Subs Restaurants

Allstate Insurance of Kanata

EQ Homes & eQuinelle Golf Course

Tony Graham Automotive Group

 

 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021: First tee-times will start at 8:00am

 

Many fun contests and prizes donated by our wonderful sponsors

Death Notices

ROFFA member/former Nepean Fire Gordon Hay 

Passed away on June 7, 2021

Gordon passed away peacefully with family by his side after a short but strong battle with cancer.

 

The family would be honoured for you to fill out this form in remembrance of Gordon Hay: 

https://forms.gle/4j64Ud8DzFpE4pJz6. If you do not have a gmail account you can add your memories and pictures to the Hulse, Playfair, McGarry site. 

 

Please feel free to visit the families personal website for Gordon Hay which will be updated regularly with responses coming in through the Google form and through the funeral home website:

https://sites.google.com/view/inlovingmemoryg-h/home

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to www.Compassion.ca as Gordon is passionate about helping others.

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Martin Raymond Charbonneau

Passed away on March 9, 2021

Surrounded by the love of his family and friends, with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Martin Raymond.
 

Charbonneau, age 49, following a short but determined fight with cancer.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral service and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral service and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Read More >

ROFFA member/former OFD Captain Bud Moffett

Passed away on February 28, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing early this morning and peacefully in his sleep, Baird “Bud” Moffett at the age of 92.

 

More details will be posted as they become available.

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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