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.

ORFA Resources

Upcoming ORFA Events

June 9th, 2020 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
ORFA Convention is Open for Registration and will be held Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel, Downtown OKC with check-in/registration beginning at 11:00 and lunch at noon. The ORFA Convention will be called to order at 1:00 p.m.
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June 10th, 2020 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
OSFA Golf Tournament - FULL (remaining teams will be placed on waiting list) 126th Annual Convention June 10 @ Hefner North Golf Course 4491 S Lake Hefner Dr, OKC, OK 73116 Includes FREE T-shirt if registered prior to May 15 You are cordially invited to participate in the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association’s 126th Annual Convention golf tournament, June 10 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Due to COVID-19 concerns and limitations being in place by the Governor and Mayor, we are limited.
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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: 800-325-3535 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 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
OSFA Convention Poker Run $25/hand includes FREE T-shirt if registered prior to May 15, 2020 Open to all modes of transportation Prizes for high hand, 2nd high hand, and low hand
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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! Includes FREE T-shirt if registered prior to May 15, 2020.
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