Firefighters for Operation Warm


Since 2012, IAFF Firefighters have partnered with Operation Warm to provide brand-new winter coats to children in need in the communities they protect. Hundreds of Firefighter Locals have joined our mission to positively impact the lives of children – helping to increase their school attendance, self-esteem, and overall health & well-being.

Over the last several years, the Firefighters for Operation Warm program has provided over 250,000 coats to children who need them most.

Milwaukee Fire Department + Operation Warm

"This means SO MUCH to our students... we are so grateful."

How It Works

Each IAFF local can launch a local program that benefits the children in their community.

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Everything you need to know to run an Operation Warm program in your community.

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Our Coats

Is your fundraising complete? Fill out the Firefighter coat order request form.

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A Brief History

In 2012, at the IAFF General Convention in Philadelphia, a resolution was unanimously passed to partner with Operation Warm. The resolution created a new program, Firefighters for Operation Warm. It outlined a USA-Made coat program, branded and designed specifically for IAFF affiliates.

Since 2012, the program has provided 250,000 children nationwide with brand new winter coats. IAFF affiliates who’ve adopted the program have received tremendous publicity and positive reinforcement from their communities and local dignitaries. Year after year, more households across North America will associate the IAFF with the exceptional support they provide to those less fortunate. The Firefighters for Operation Warm program is just one example of firefighters going beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact on their communities.

Firefighters for Operation Warm Stories

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Worcester Co Raise 10x Their Coats for Kids Goal

How One Community Raised $35,000

“Ocean City Firefighters were involved last year and we helped by going out and putting coats on the kids in the schools,” Bragg says. “We see the need when we go into people’s homes but that’s not necessarily the time or place to ask them about needing coats, we can’t just be like ‘Hey, where’s your coat?’ We just knew there was a need in our community and we wanted to be a part of that.”

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Firefighters in the News

Firefighters for Operation Warm in the News!

From Houston to New Jersey, learn how firefighters are changing the lives of children in need around the country.

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Nashville IAFF Local 140

Nashville Local 140 Provide Coats to Entire School

This past fall, the Nashville Firefighters Local 140 partnered with Operation Warm and community members to give new coats to kids in need at a local elementary school.

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Washington State Firefighters & KISW

Washington State Firefighters & KISW – Partners for Children in Need

KISW and BJ & Migs has partnered with The Washington State Council of Firefighters to raise awareness for their Operation Warm, Firefighters Coats for Kids Program.

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Hero's Haul Fire Truck Pull

How do you normally spend your Saturday? Some real life heroes and weekend warriors got the chance to show their strength of character, while displaying the power of their muscles. The Hero’s Haul Fire Truck pull gives participants the opportunity to go up against real life heroes to prove that they have what it takes to pull a real, official firetruck.

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