DIRECTOR & EDITOR
IFBA REGION 10 VP
Our group was organized by a small assemblage of men in southern Ontario, who had a common interest in the fire service back in 1971. The Fire Buff Association, was established with the thought of having a central connection which would attract people with similar interests in the fire service and offered them an opportunity to share information.
In 1979, the group was incorporated under our present name, the Ontario Fire Buff Associates, more commonly known as the OFBA.
Our “common interests” in the fire service are very diverse. They include canteen service to fire departments at large fires; fire department histories; fire and apparatus photography; collecting and preserving antique fire apparatus; attending fire apparatus musters; shoulder patch collecting and building scale model fire apparatus. Thanks to the dedication of those early organisers and members, the OFBA developed over the years.
Currently the OFBA has over 130 members, who come from across Ontario, the Canadian Provinces, the United States and around the World.
The OFBA is an affiliate member of the International Fire Buff Associates.
The IFBA is an umbrella group of fire buff clubs in the USA, Canada, and other countries.
Each year, the IFBA holds a convention in a different city, hosted by one of the affiliates.
‘What Is a Fire Buff?‘ Walt McCall, former Editor, of the Third Alarm, our in-house Bi-Monthly Publication, tells us all about buffing.
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