Delta firefighters are making quite the splash in the 2015 Greater Vancouver Hall of Flame calendar, scheduled to launch tomorrow (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.
â€œI was excited that I made it. This is my second time actually, not going to lie,â€ Jason said. â€œI knew what to expect.â€
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 â€œMr. October.â€
â€œObviously 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,â€ he said.
When asked what his friends think about his second modeling debut, Jason said most of his colleagues like to joke about it.
â€œYou kind of turn into a bit of a joke. They mock and bug you, you know. Generally, the feedbackâ€™s pretty good though.â€
Proceeds raised from the sale of the calendars are given to Vancouver Firefightersâ€™ Charitable Society, which in turn donates the money to local charities like the CKNW Orphanâ€™s Fund and B.C. Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
This yearâ€™s goal is $100,000, a slightly higher target than the $85,000 brought in last year.
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). Half of whatâ€™s collected goes toward their charity of choice, while the other half is donated to Vancouver Firefightersâ€™ Charitable Society.
Jason decided to go with the Burn Fund because â€œitâ€™s close to our hearts.â€
â€œItâ€™s a horrible thing to have to go through. Iâ€™ve been to the burn unit and have seen how they operate. Itâ€™s an amazing setup and there are a lot of people in there that need our help,â€ he added.
The calendarâ€™s official launch takes place Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Imperial at 315 Main St. in Vancouver. London Drugs will be selling them.
To donate to Jasonâ€™s FundAid campaign, go to https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1qcCc or click below.