NORTH DELTA – Delta firefighters are making quite the splash in the 2015 Greater Vancouver Hall of Flame calendar, which launched Saturday, Sept. 13.
Twelve poster boys, including Jason Wood out of Hall 6 on Annacis Island, posed against a night sky under the Lions Gate Bridge. Showing off his buff physique and using props like an oxygen tank, much is left to the imagination.
"I was excited that I made it. This is my second time actually, not going to lie," Wood said. "I knew what to expect."
The selection process took place in May. Patrons at a downtown Vancouver pub mingled with the firefighters and then voted for their favourite one. Those with the most votes made the cut.
The photo shoot was somewhat nerve-wracking for "Mr. October."
"Obviously you want to try and look your best and be ready for it. Our photographer did his best, we just hope the results are liked by everyone," he said.
Proceeds raised from the sale of the calendars are given to Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society, which in turn donates the money to local charities like the CKNW Orphan’s Fund and B.C. Children’s Hospital.
The 28th edition also marks the first time firefighters are being asked to raise money for a charity of their choice through a FundAid campaign (see FundAid.ca). Wood decided to go with the Burn Fund because "it’s close to our hearts."
London Drugs will be selling the calendars.