Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association

History of the Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association

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.

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Upcoming ORFA Events

May 27th, 2019 12:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Credentials of the delegates and alternates shall be sent to the Association ten (10) days prior to the date of the annual convention.
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May 29th, 2019 5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 a.m. Registration begins - 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fishing Tournament — Grand Lake, Wolf Creek - 963 16th St, Grove, OK 74344 - $100/boat - 2 person teams
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June 4th, 2019 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
2019 ORFA Convention in Ponca City, June 4, 2019
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June 5th, 2019 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
6:30 a.m. Golf Registration – Wentz Memorial Golf Course - 7:30 a.m. Golf Tournament - Wentz Memorial Golf Course - 2928 La Cann Drive, Ponca City, OK 74604 - 11:00 – 2:00 Lunch Provided for golfers - 12:00 p.m. Golf Registration – Wentz Memorial Golf Course - 1:00 p.m. Golf Tournament – Wentz Memorial Golf Course - 2928 La Cann Drive, Ponca City, OK 74604
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June 5th, 2019 8:00 AM - June 8th, 2019 - 12:00 PM
The 125th Annual OSFA Convention will be held June 5 - 8, 2019 in Ponca City, OK
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