The Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol’s “Operation Santa” 2021 Aims to Spread Holiday Cheer

The Cos Cob Fire Police volunteers will accompany Santa as he delivers Christmas gifts on the fire truck with this holiday season. Even better, The Grinch will do a surprise ride-along.

Families and kids of all ages can enjoy the experience of seeing Santa arrive with gifts from his firetruck. Deliveries need to be within the Town of Greenwich. 

To participate click here. Any questions? Contact the volunteers by email at [email protected].

The Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol, Inc., “The Patrol,” will host “Operation Santa” as a fundraiser to support the all-volunteer agency celebrate its 94 years of service to the Town of Greenwich.

“We had the best night because Santa came,” said Jessica Stanciu , who participated in Operation Santa in 2020. “This pandemic has been really hard for everyone and that just really uplifted all of us, I hope this happens again next year.”

Opeation Santa ill take place on December 11, 12, 18, and 19. In addition there will be a few deliveries on Christmas morning.  

Santa and The Grinch will be escorted through Greenwich to deliver your pre-wrapped holiday presents to your children.

COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place, but have no fear, Santa and The Grinch will make sure your little ones still get a photo! To participate, please sign up on the website with your desired day and time for Santa to come by.

“Operation Santa is another example of the support the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol provides our community,” said First Selectman Fred Camillo in a release. “It also gives the community an opportunity to celebrate the season with the comfort of a holiday tradition, with a twist.” 

In lieu of the Cos Cob Fire Police benefit this year, donations from this special delivery will help offset funds that would have been raised at that benefit.

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The Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol, Inc. is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the residents of the Town of Greenwich since 1927. The Patrol provides a broad spectrum of services to residents and first responders including firefighting, salvage operations, traffic and scene control at emergencies. One of the few remaining nationwide organizations which specialize in the art of salvage work, The Patrol specially trains its members to protect valuable personal property, inside of a home or business that could otherwise be destroyed due to fire, water or smoke damage. 

The Patrol proudly serves the entire town of Greenwich and is under the command of its own Chief. Last year, The Patrol responded to over 1,000 emergency calls. The Patrol’s dedicated members are volunteers who train and donate their time solely out of love for what they do. Each of the 25 service members of The Patrol must train for over 100 hours to qualify for their part in the organization. Members of the Patrol are a diverse group of men and women from many professions.

In addition to service members, the associate, honorary and veteran members volunteered over 5,000 hours to the Town and its citizens through community outreach, support, meetings and training in 2020 alone. They don’t stop. Whether it is learning or giving of themselves to the community, members of The Patrol are dedicated to serving the needs of the citizens of the Town of Greenwich.

“As an associate member of the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol I have first-hand experience in seeing the dedication to community and to service that the Patrol members have. As I worked to garner support in Hartford for my bill providing legislative protections for the members, it became very apparent to my legislative colleagues that the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol is indeed one of the best companies in the nation,” Camillo said. “We are truly blessed to have these volunteers who are ready to roll out whenever needed, 24/7.

The Mission of the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol, Inc. is to protect commercial and residential dwellings from smoke, water and fire damage during and after a fire. To direct traffic, provide scene control and other support roles as requested by the Greenwich Fire Department or the Greenwich Police Department at any type of incident.

Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.