History of the Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association
The Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association (ORFA) was first established in 1917 as the Veteran Firemen's Organization and operated for the duration of World War I, serving as firefighters on the home front.
In 1935, it was reorganized and named the, "Oklahoma Retired Firemen's Association", and incorporated in 1955. ORFA helped retired firefighters and widows apply for pensions, answered questions and were instrumental in getting the cost of living adjustment (COLA) passed in the early 1960s. Pensions were paid using that formula until 1984. In 1977, the ORFA became inactive and all records were brought to the Museum for safekeeping.
In 1981, an organizational meeting was held to reactivate the association. It is now supported by an additional fee added to the OSFA Pension membership dues. The purpose is to assist the OSFA in the pursuit of its goals.
There are about 6,000 retirees and widows and more than half belong to the ORFA. The ORFA President serves as a liaison member of the OSFA Executive Board and as a trustee on the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and as a trustee on the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System Board.