They spend their days saving countless lives in house fires, car crashes and even war zones, but some of Australia’s most dedicated firemen have once again taken a few well-earned days off from work to treat the world to some good old-fashioned eye candy.
Some of the hottest firefighters in the country teamed up at Australia Zoo to pose with both cuddly and dangerous animals for five separate calendar shoots, including ‘all animals’, ‘cats’, ‘dogs’, and two ‘hot firefighters’ editions.
Now, a behind-the-scenes video shows the men strip topless before lying on the ground outside to cuddle up to playful dogs, cats, ponies, alpacas, snakes, pigs and even a wombat.
The calendar was first established in 1993 to support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, providing funds for research into childhood burns. It’s since gone on to become a worldwide hit, raising over $2.8 million for various charities – with organisers hoping to top previous records with the 2019 editions.
The playful footage shows animals running round the huge grounds of Australia Zoo – owned by the late Steve Irwin’s wife Terri and children Bindi and Robert – as the firefighters attempt to keep the cuddly creatures still long enough to get the winning shot. Sure enough, the relaxed nature of the shoot shows through in each of the finished photos.
Starts at 60 caught up with Dave and Jeff from the 2019 calendar, who explained they fitted the days shooting the calendar in between their shifts working at separate fire stations in and around Brisbane. While Jeff is based in aviation, working on air strips in case of an emergency, Dave is centred in the city responding to everything from house fires to car crashes.
While they’ve both been involved in the calendar for years, more and more firefighters are joining up every year and the organisers of the calendar leave it in the hands of the public to decide who makes the final cut.
With hundreds of muscled men to choose from, director of the calendar, David Rogers, explained they welcome applications from everyone, before inviting Aussies to vote on each of them based on their photo and story – ensuring everyone that takes part has a passion for the cause and charities the calendar is supporting.
To purchase one of the calendars, visit the Australian Firefighters Calendar official website here.