Boise Fire Department
News Release

Dennis Doan
Boise Fire Chief

Contact: Char Jackson
(208) 570-6548


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Boise Fire Fighter's Local 149 Give Kids in Need Warm Coats

BOISE, Idaho - As we head into the holiday season, members of Boise Fire Fighter's Local 149 will distribute 215 new American-made coats to 8 local elementary schools. BFF Local 149 has been collaborating with Operation Warm to raise over $7,290 in generous donations from union members and local businesses. 

Coats will be distributed on November 20th, and the following local elementary schools will receive between 20 and 50 coats: Morley Nelson, Taft, Whitney, Hillcrest, Koelsch, Horizon, Valley View, and Lowell. The number of coats distributed will be based on the need at each school. The Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 has been fundraising since May to reach the goal of $7,290 for a total of 215 brand new American made coats. The BFF 149's goal is to help support elementary school children in the Boise area. 

The Fire Fighter Operation Warm program believes that children not only benefit from having a warm coat for the cold winter months, but also by having the pride of their own brand new coat.  Members of Boise Fire Fighter's Local 149, Boise Fire Chiefs Local 672 and key Boise area businesses have been very generous in contributing their time and funds to reach this goal.  The following local businesses have generously contributed to this year’s coat drive; Airgas of Boise, and Cabela’s.

Media is invited to attend a distribution event at Morley Nelson Elementary School November 20th at 11 am. Morley Nelson is located at 7701 W Northview St, Boise, ID 83704.


About Fire Fighter Operation Warm: 

The Fire Fighter Operation warm program is a collaboration between the International Association of Fire Fighters and Operation Warm. The Fire Fighter Operation Warm program utilizes local fire unions to conduct fundraising in their respective communities. Up to 97 cents of every dollar raised is re-invested in communities where the money was raised, in the form of brand new American-made coats. Operation Warm operates from an infrastructure where all materials are sourced in America, and all the coats are produced domestically by union workers affiliated with Workers United. The coat production instantly saved 40 jobs at a union shop in Selma, Alabama.

Overall coat production supports more than 200 American jobs.

If for more information about this event or schedule an interview, please contact Matthew Lutz, Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 liaison and member at 208 309 1507 or email