Australian firefighters are back and ready to set our hearts racing, with the release of their 31st edition of the popular annual charity calendar.
Since its launch in 1993, the calendar has raised over US$3.4 million dollars for several Australian and international charities, ranging from animal conservation to medical research.
This year, six editions were released, each featuring a different firefighter alongside some of Australia’s most loved animals, such as cuddly koalas and playful kittens.
More than 25 firefighters came together for the month-long photoshoot to make this year’s six editions happen.
This year, two American firefighters were also welcomed for the first time, highlighting the calendar’s growing international appeal.
Selecting the firefighters featured in the calendar is a rigorous process, the director of the project, David Rogers told Almost in 2022.
“To be considered for the photoshoot the firefighters have to be fit, photogenic and most importantly understand the importance of the charities we support,” Rogers said.
Proceeds from the 2024 calendar will go towards several Australian charities, including those supporting children with cancer and wildlife conservation efforts.
Rogers said the project has allowed firefighters to become great friends and given them a reason to stay in shape, while also supporting a cause.
“They love it,” Rogers said.
Rogers said the huge response to the calendar was unexpected.
“It is a huge surprise to us that the world has gone crazy for the calendar and the firefighters,” he said, adding that they hope to bring happiness to fans who purchase a calendar