Professional Firefighters of Utah team-up to donate more than 500 coats to local elementary schools

Attention News Desk / Assignment Editors
Event Type  Community Service Project
Date / Time  Feb. 8, 2017
Location Salt Lake City
Over the next few weeks, Professional Firefighters of Utah are distributing more than 500 coats to students at Meadowlark Elementary, Rose Park Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Ensign Elementary in the Salt Lake City School District.

“Every day in this job, we see kids playing at the park, walking to school, and waiting for the bus without warm winter clothing,” said Tony Allred, a Salt Lake City Fire Department Captain and the project’s organizer. “Kids can’t develop, concentrate or learn well when they’re cold. It seems like such a simple thing, but it affects more kids than you can even begin to imagine.”

Professional Firefighters of Utah is comprised of more than 3,000 firefighters from 75 city, county and private fire departments working throughout Utah. The organization fosters teamwork, provides training and support services to its members, and seeks to connect firefighters with members of the community — outside their regularly scheduled, emergency-response responsibilities.

The PFAU collects winter coats for elementary school-aged students in need throughout, and hopes to double the amount of coats they can donate in 2017.

Groups, businesses and individuals who are interested in participating can donate coats via the web site: For information about the firefighters and their other community efforts, visit