North Delta firefighter poses as “Mr. October”

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.

“I was excited that I made it. This is my second time actually, not going to lie,” Jason 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.

When asked what his friends think about his second modeling debut, Jason said most of his colleagues like to joke about it.

“You kind of turn into a bit of a joke. They mock and bug you, you know. Generally, the feedback’s pretty good though.”

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.

This year’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 what’s collected goes toward their charity of choice, while the other half is donated to Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society. 

Jason decided to go with the Burn Fund because “it’s close to our hearts.”

“It’s a horrible thing to have to go through. I’ve been to the burn unit and have seen how they operate. It’s an amazing setup and there are a lot of people in there that need our help,” he added.

The calendar’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 Jason’s FundAid campaign, go to https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1qcCc or click below.

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