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Upcoming Events
OSFA Volunteer Caucus
Feb 06, 2016
Wyndham Garden Inn 6200 N. Robinson Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Joint OFCA/SWD Conference
Apr 06, 2016
Tower Hotel 3233 NW Expressway Oklahoma City, OK
OFCA/SWD Conference Day 2
Apr 07, 2016
OFCA/SWD Conference Day 3
Apr 08, 2016
OFCA/SWD Conference Day 4
Apr 09, 2016
Find Your Legislator!

Know who your Legislator is?

Click HERE for a list and contact info.
You can also call the
State Election Board at 405-521-2391.

Want to know how you can help with the Legislative Efforts for Oklahoma Firefighters?

Contact an OSFA Board member.

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OSFA

The Oklahoma State Firefighters Association (OSFA) has been proudly serving Oklahoma's Firefighters since 1894.  OSFA is the most unique association in the country when it comes to providing service to fire departments.  The OSFA has more than 15,000 members representing volunteer firefighters, paid firefighters (union and non-union), 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 in that year. 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 120 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 along with other ideas to improve the Oklahoma Fire Service.

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 John F. Futhey II 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, the Oklahoma Fallen and Living Firefighters Memorial, the Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association, the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association, and the Oklahoma Fire Chaplains Association.

Association staff are:

Phil Ostrander, Executive Director
Steve Lumry, Administrative Director
Elaine Griffin, Executive Assistant
Amy Hall, Administrative Assistant
Riley Blackwell, Administrative Assistant
Tim Bartram, Special Projects Coordinator

The Museum and Memorial staff are:

Gene Brown, Museum Manager
Melvin "Buddy" Lummus, Museum Staff
Quinton James, Museum Staff


Volunteer Fire Departments Worried About Cuts - Enid News.com
Jan 26, 2016

2016 OSFA State Fire School
Mar 16, 2015
State Fire School
Download: 2016 OSFA Fire School Flyer Courses.pdf

JOIN OSFA!
Mar 05, 2013

2016 OSFA Volunteer Firefighter Caucus
Jan 08, 2013
15th Annual   OSFA Volunteer Firefighter Caucus will be held on Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel North (6200 N. Robinson in OKC). The OSFA Fire Service Committee asks for volunteer representatives from each volunteer or combination department in the state to participate in this FREE event. Membership in the OSFA is not required, but pre-registration is required to allow for enough food for everyone.
Download: 00374_OSFA_Ostrander012216.mp3

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.
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.
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.
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.
How Much Firefighting History Do You Know?
Dec 18, 2015

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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How Much Firefighting History Do You Know?
Dec 18, 2015

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.
2016 OSFA Convention
Apr 01, 2013
OKLAHOMA STATE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION'S 122nd Annual Convention June 2016 Lawton, OK MAKE RESERVATIONS SOON!


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