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The Oklahoma State Firefighters Association (OSFA) is the most unique association in the country
providing service to fire departments. The OSFA has more than 14,000 members representing union and non-union paid firefighters, volunteer firefighters, chief officers and retired firefighters. Membership is available to all active and retired firefighters in Oklahoma.

The OSFA was established in 1894 as the Territorial Firemens Association of Oklahoma. The charter was approved by the Governor of the Territory and made of record. The purpose of the OSFA is, in part, to create, maintain and perpetuate a fraternal spirit among its members, to suggest helpful legislation, to educate its membership and to enhance the value and dignity of their profession. These basic ideas were adopted on May 2, 1894, and have remained for more than 100 years. The early history of the OSFA is recorded in a book The First 40 Years, which is available through the Museum.

The idea for a pension for Oklahoma firefighters dates back to the birth of the association. In 1900, the idea was conceived that insurance companies,whose profit was largely due to the work of the firefighters in saving life and property, should be responsible for the relief of firefighters. The Oklahoma Constitution contains two provisions about firefighters. The first allows the Legislature to enact laws authorizing cities and towns to pay pensions to disabled firefighters; the second provides for fire insurance companies doing business in the state to pay an annual tax on all premiums collected on fire insurance for the benefit of those firefighter pensions. The insurance premium tax is still in effect and the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension System is now a state agency. The Oklahoma State Firefighters Association is the watchdog of the system and the members convene at an annual convention to discuss ways and means of improving the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Retirement System.

Membership service to departments includes information on standards and operating procedures, fire apparatus specification information; department and money management; audiovisual library for training, medical, fire prevention and public relations; 10 issues of our publication Oklahoma Firefighter; assistance with interpreting state laws, annual state fire school, assistance in organizing fire departments, in-line-of-duty death benefit, interpretation and implementation of pension laws, representation on the State Pension Board, assistance with the Public Safety Officers Benefit, and eligibility to join the Brent Hatcher Benevolent Fund. The Association has several active committees serving the membership: Legislative, Educational Advisory, Safety & Health, Fire Services, Financial Advisory, Memorial Committee and others.

OSFA serves as the umbrella organization coordinating for the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum and the Oklahoma Fallen and Living Firefighters Memorial.

Association staff are:

Phil Ostrander, OSFA Executive Director
Troy Dycus, OSFA Director
Elaine Griffin, Administrative Assistant
Karen Laubach, Reception/Audio-Visual
Penelope Soldan, Editor of the Oklahoma Firefighter


The Museum and Memorial staff are:

Gene Brown, Memorial Maintenance
Museum Assistants - Brad Levescy, Andrew Burum, Quinton James, Michael Zurmehly


2014 OSFA Convention
Jan 14, 2014
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2013 OSFA Convention
Apr 01, 2013
OKLAHOMA STATE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION'S 119th Annual Convention June 5-8, 2013 At Hyatt Regency Tulsa 100 E 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74103 MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW.
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Mar 05, 2013

2014 Legislative Reception
Feb 27, 2013

2013 Firefighter Day at the Capitol
Feb 27, 2013
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2014 OSFA State Fire School
Jan 24, 2013
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2014 OSFA Volunteer Firefighter Caucus
Jan 08, 2013
13th Annual   OSFA Volunteer Firefighter Caucus   DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER IN FORECAST Rescheduled from Saturday, Feb.
OSFA Legislative Achievements
Dec 06, 2012
1981 ? Passed SB 139 - Exempted the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Retirement System from state income taxes.   1982 ? Passed HB 1581 - Allowed fire protection districts to belong to the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Retirement System. 1985 ? Passed HB 1433 - Gave retired firefighters and widows a 6% increase.
History of OSFA
Oct 29, 2012
The Oklahoma State Firefighters Association (OSFA) is the most unique association in the country providing service to fire departments. The OSFA has more than 14,000 members representing union and non-union paid firefighters, volunteer firefighters, chief officers and retired firefighters. Membership is available to all active and retired firefighters in Oklahoma.
Pete & Lela Stavros Scholarship
Oct 01, 2012
Created in 2002 by Pete Stavros, former OSFA Legislative Director, the Pete & Lela Stavros Scholarship offers children and relatives of active or retired Oklahoma firefighters who are members of the OSFA help with college expenses.
Brent Hatcher Fund
Oct 01, 2012
The Brent Hatcher Benevolent Fund (BHBF) is a fund for active firefighters, ensuring that surviving families will receive $1,000 in the event of the death of a member firefighter. Cost is $20 per year; the membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. This is a great way for locals or auxiliaries to provide for fellow members of the fire service family.
Grants
Sep 29, 2012
The OSFA strives to improve the benefits and services that are available to the Firefighters and Fire Departments of Oklahoma. One method in which we help to reach this objective is by actively seeking funding sources that will help to reduce costs for activities the Oklahoma Fire Service must employ in order to fulfill their mission of: Saving Lives and Protecting Property.
Women's Auxiliary - OSFWA
Oct 01, 2012
The Oklahoma State Firefighters Association's Women's Auxilary is actively seeking new members. The Auxilary provides much needed support to the firefighters of Oklahoma. Membership dues are $10.00 per year and you do not have to be a member of a local auxilary in order to join! Send your $10.
David Bain Award
Oct 01, 2012
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Associate Membership
Sep 20, 2013
Companies engaged in the manufacture or sale of apparatus, appliances or devices for fire prevention, fire protection, fire fighting and governmental non-profit entities shall be eligible for Associate Membership in this Association upon Executive Board approval.


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