For over 20 years these Australian firemen have been taking it all off and posing shirtless for the annual Firefighters Calendar. Production is currently under way for the 2017 edition, too, but this time round the men have added an extra adorable twist to make 2017 a year you definitely don’t want to miss.
The Firefighters calendar doesn’t just produce some wonderful eye candy; it also helps to drum up funds for a good cause. Money from every calendar sale goes to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns unit.
So by stripping down once a year, firemen from all over Australia have been helping to improve research and scar treatments for children who have been severely burned. And since 1993 the calendar, which costs around $13 to buy, has raised in excess of $1 million for this worthwhile cause.
But the creators of this gorgeous project have decided to do things a bit differently for 2017. They’ve decided that the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) should also benefit from the funds, and they’ve cleverly introduced some furry fun into the photos, too.
Yes, next year, these sexy firemen will be posing shirtless with puppies! Get ready for 12 months of cute puppies and glorious, glistening muscles. Is it wrong that we’re almost more excited about the puppies?
Either way, the calendar has been teasing fans on social media with behind-the-scenes pics and sneak peeks from the super-fun photo shoot. By the way, all of the gorgeous pups from the campaign come from Safe Haven Animal Rescue in Queensland.
And the best news? Every one of these pooches is adoptable. Plus, it’s hoped that the calendar will not only raise funds to take care of shelter pups, but also help this bunch of adorable pups find their forever homes.
Fans on Facebook and Instagram are already going crazy over the irresistibly cute pics. And one admiring Instagrammer finally asked the question everyone was thinking: “Is the firefighter adoptable, or just the puppies?”
Yes, the photos are causing quite a social media stir, and it’s fair to say fans are getting a little hot under the collar. Under this picture of a super-fit flame-engulfed firefighter one commenter wrote, “This seems dangerous(ly hot).” We’re sure the puppies were in no danger, though.
Unsurprisingly, the pics have boosted the calendar’s Facebook friends – specifically, to over 80,000, and it probably won’t stop there. In fact, one photo of the men posing with their furry friends gained more than 13,000 likes by itself.
As far as targets go, meanwhile, the 2016 calendar aimed to raise over $385,000. And hopefully these cute pooches will make an even loftier goal possible for 2017.
The 2017 edition will feature 14 firemen models, and while some of these guys are returning from previous calendar shoots, others are hot newbies. Still, it seems that all 14 have had to work hard to earn their coveted spots in the calendar.
The final 14 beat off competition from hundreds of firefighters from all over Australia, and each model has his own story. At least one is as young as 23 and has as little as six months’ experience in the fire service, although many have worked high-stakes jobs before.
Dave, 31, was in the army for eight years before joining the fire brigade. He was deployed four times and also served in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s trial. Dave’s calendar bio says to “watch this space for a new puppy edition to the gang.” How sweet.
Meanwhile, he may only be 23, but Ray, whose hobbies include spearfishing and sculpture, has been in the fire service for six years. In fact, the musclebound hunk says he knew he wanted to be a firefighter from when he was just a little boy.
Then there’s Keller, who is quite the active stud. So much so, in fact, that when he isn’t fighting fires or posing with puppies, he’s competing in the World Jiu Jitsu Championships.
Yet while most of the 2017 calendar men are taking the online attention in their stride, some are treading more carefully. In Luke Wood’s bio, the 27-year-old writes that his hobbies include “gym, movies, travelling and food. All with my wife.”
Hopefully these lucky firemen’s wives can put aside their jealousy for the calendar’s mission, though. Besides, who wouldn’t want a steamy picture of their hubby like this? (And maybe a new puppy too…)
Speaking of puppies, the publicity from the shoot was so great that something incredible happened. Calendar organizers actually had to reach out on Facebook to find more puppies.
“If you are in the Gold Coast area and have a puppy that you would let us photograph sometime in the next two days,” they wrote on Facebook, “can you please comment below and maybe pop a shot of your fur baby.” Yes, all of the puppies used in the calendar have been adopted already – and it hasn’t even gone on sale yet.