The O.F.B.A was organized in 1971 by a small assemblage of men in southern Ontario, Canada who had a common interest in the fire service.
The Fire Buff Association, was established with the thought of having a central connecting point 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, and more commonly known as the OFBA.
Our members come from many walks of life and their “common interest” in the fire service is very diverse. They include canteen services to fire departments at large fires; fire department histories; fire and apparatus photography; collecting and preserving antique fire apparatus; attending fire service musters; shoulder patch collecting, scanning fire calls, and building scale model fire apparatus. Thanks to the dedication of our early organizers and members, the O.F.B.A. has developed over the years.
The OFBA has been instrumental in helping other clubs spring up throughout Ontario. Some of these are:
Border City Fire Buffs of Windsor;
Box 12 Association;
Box 43 Association of Hamilton;
Lakeshore Fire Buffs in Mississauga;
Metro Toronto Multiple Alarm Association of Toronto;
The Regional Niagara Fire Buffs.
Currently the O.F.B.A. has over 115 members from some very different vocations, who join us 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 moves its annual conference around to different North America centres, where it is hosted by the local affiliate club.