IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ROFFA PROTOCOL DIRECTOR JOHN SOBEY :
Re: ROFFA Funeral and Memorial Volunteers:
Dear ROFFA Members,
Of the many traditions within the fire service, honouring the loss of an active or retired member regardless of their passing was line of duty, medical ailment or natural cause, fire fighters have rallied to ensure an honourable and dignified memorial service. During the October 17th AGM, our ROFFA Board reported on the establishment for a funeral and memorial protocol. This endeavour would be a joint process with our Ottawa Fire and Ottawa PFFA partners. This process began in early 2022 to address current OFS protocols to honour both active and retired members of the fire service. Amongst other procedures, these include but are not limited to, formal notification and announcements regarding the death of an active or retired member, flag raising/half-mast/ lowering etiquette, visitation, funeral/ burial arrangements, and other related memorial ceremonies.
Working with OFS leadership, the ROFFA executive have established funeral kits that include both a casket and urn pals. OFS has agreed to purchase said kits for OFS, OPFFA and ROFFA. The kits will be made available for fire service member related funerals.
To facilitate these protocols, we require support from our ROFFA membership. We are calling on members who would be willing to volunteer for funeral and memorial duties on request. For those interested, a full-dress uniform, complete with peak cap, tunic, pants, shirt, tie, shoes will be required. When necessary, white gloves will be provided. For those who volunteer and are missing parts of their dress uniform or require a complete ‘re-fit’, Ottawa Fire has agreed to facilitate a reasonable number of dress uniforms.
As death notifications are untimely, we are also seeking members who would be willing to act as a coordinator when ROFFA executives are unavailable to facilitate a visitation or funeral service. For those willing to assist, necessary ceremony briefing, and training will be provided.
For those members who maybe interested but have inquiries, please contact me directly at John.Sobey@outlook.com
Retired Ottawa Fire Firefighters Association