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

June 10th, 2020 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
OSFA Golf Tournament 126th Annual Convention June 10 @ Hefner North Golf Course 4491 S Lake Hefner Dr, OKC, OK 73116 You are cordially invited to participate in the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association’s 126th Annual Convention golf tournament, June 10 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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June 11th, 2020 8:00 AM - June 13th, 2020 - 12:00 PM
OSFA 126th Annual Convention Sheraton Downtown Oklahoma City 1 N Broadway Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Phone: 405-815-6009 Room block: 6/8/2020 to 6/14/2020 Rates: $109 for single or double Reservation cutoff date: 5/25/2020
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June 11th, 2020 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
NEW Event at Convention this year. White Water Rafting at the Oklahoma River Sports Complex in Bricktown. $20 per participant. Be sure to bring your swimwear!
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August 3rd, 2020 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4 Person Teams at $125/player Oak Tree Country Club - 700 W Country Club Drive, Edmond, OK 73025 Includes Green Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Breakfast & Lunch For questions contact: Tony Young: [email protected] Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Fallen and Living Firefighters Memorial, Folds of Honor, and The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
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