TriStar Centennial March 14, 2018

Pictured L-R: NFD Director Chief, William Swann, TriStar Centennial CEO, Scott Cihak and Chelsey Kempchinsky, NFD Firefighter Paramedic

Nashville, TN - TriStar Centennial Medical Center became the first corporate partner for the Nashville Fire Department's Operation Warm Hero's Challenge which raises money to buy winter coats for underserved children who attend classes at area nashville public schools. TriStar Centennial President and CEO Scott Cihak met with Nashville Fire Department Chief William Swann and Hero's Challenge organizer Chelsea Kempchinsky on Wednesday where he presented at $500 check to the program.

"We are incredibly grateful for the service and support that the men and women of the Nashville Fire Department provide our great city each and every day," said Cihak. "It is our absolute pleasure to partner with our community's first responders and support Operation Warm to ensure more kids receive a brand new coat to keep them warm during the cold season."

"Partnerships like this between the Nashville Fire Department and our community partners are vital to our ongoing mission of providing the best care to the people of Davidson County," said Chief Swann.

The Hero's Challenge will take place May 5th at the Nashville Fire Department Training Academy. It's a competition that consists of obstacles firefighter recruits must successfully complete to be considered for the Training Academy. There is also a Fire Truck Pull Team Challenge for teams of 10 people.

In December, the Nashville Fire Department distributed more than 1,400 new coats to students at Paragon Mills Elementary School as part of Operation Warm efforts.