Ice Meets Fire When Twin Cities Fire Fighters Team up with Operation Warm


The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota are infamous when it comes to cold winters. The daily average temperature in January is just over 15 degrees.

In the year 1885, reporters from the east coast visited the state. According to local lore, these visitors called St. Paul, “Another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.”  St. Paul responded by hosting a giant winter carnival to celebrate the cold, an annual tradition that continues today.

This same Minneapolis spirit is alive in the members of the Twin Cities Firefighters for Operation Warm, earning them the title of #1 IAFF Fire Fighters for Operation Warm program. Also exhibiting the spirit of team work, the Twin Cities Fire Fighters are made up of several IAFF local fire departments: Minneapolis Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 82, St. Paul Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 21, Richfield Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1215 and Burnsville Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 3394.

“Since distributing their first coat in 2013, Twin Cities Fire Fighters have raised awareness for childhood poverty and garnered an unbelievable amount of support from the community,” says Laura Wisneski, Operation Warm’s Associate Director of Community Partners.

“They have gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide brand new winter coats to over 10,000 local children,” Laura says.

The Twin Cities Fire Fighters arrive at each school, personally fitting each child with a brand new coat, and helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.”

Over the past five years, these fire fighters have raised funding in a variety of ways:

  • Fundraising Events: Fulton Block Party Event
  • 811 Run/Walk
  • Holiday Boutique
  • Fire Fighter Calendar Sales
  • Twin Cities vs. Milwaukee Fire Fighter Softball Tournament
  • Big Feed @The Butcher and the Boar, and more!

Twin Citities Fire Fighters and Operation WarmThe Twin Cities Fire Fighters for Operation Warm have sought and received tremendous support from their community and have partnered with more than 40 groups that include corporations, local businesses and community service organizations, to successfully fulfill their mission of bringing brand new coats to children in need.

“Operation Warm believes that brand new coats provide warmth, hope and confidence to the children that need it most,” Laura says. “It is a real pleasure working with the Twin Cities Fire Fighters, and we look forward to helping them spread even more warmth and joy next year.”



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