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.
Retired Members of the OFS Personal
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:
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.
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,
ROFFA Founders and subsequent Executive Board members
Critical Incident Team
Frontline Financial employees
Covid-19 Emergency Response Team
Quest for cure
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.
Vice-President and Website Managing Editor
Retired Ottawa Fire Fighters Association
Tribute to Firefighters 2020
Bytown Fire Brigade
For more info and/or to be included in the draw please e-mail
Fire Fighters' 50/50 DRAW
December 2020 Winner
Matt Golden - Maintenance
Annual Charity Golf Classic
August 23, 2021, 12:00 PM
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!
Divisional Events Coordinator
The Salvation Army - Ontario Division
820 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 3V7
W: 613-233-8428 x. 221
C: 613 292 0950
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
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:
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to www.Compassion.ca as Gordon is passionate about helping others.
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 >
Ottawa Fire History
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