The globally renowned Australian Firefighters Calendar, known for its captivating and heartwarming imagery, as well as its charitable endeavours, has just unveiled its 2024 collection. Celebrating its 31st year, this edition features firefighters in engaging poses with various animals.
The collection comprises six editions: Classic, Dog, Cat, Horse, Mixed Animal, and the newly introduced ‘Hero’ Calendar. We invite you to read these inspiring and endearing images, dear readers. Additionally, don’t attend Bored Panda’s exclusive interview with David Rogers, the Director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar.
Established in 1993, the Australian Firefighters Calendar has witnessed immense success over the past three decades, adorning walls in over 90 countries worldwide.
Throughout its existence, the project has astonishingly raised and donated 3.4 million dollars to various Australian charities. Causes dear to the project team’s hearts encompass animal refuges, Australian wildlife preservation, support for rural firefighters, and aiding children battling cancer.
This year, over 25 Australian firefighters from aviation, military, and urban fire services participated in a month-long photo shoot for the six calendar editions. Many captivating photos feature these heroes alongside various animals, from adorable kittens and puppies to cuddly koalas and graceful horses.
In a conversation with Bored Panda, David Rogers, the Director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar, marvelled at the project’s popularity beyond Australia. “It’s so popular now that we print the Calendar in the Netherlands, the United States, Taiwan, and Australia. It is still amazing to me that every year more and more people from around the world want a copy of their favourite Calendar,” he conveyed via email.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show requested that the firefighters make an appearance. in the US last year. Next week, they are in Taiwan for a promotional trip for our distributor there. One minute the firefighters are on a firetruck, the next minute, they are in a TV studio,” Rogers elucidated, underscoring the remarkable impact of the entire project. “They have become part of something very special.”
Bored Panda also delved into the rigorous training and qualities required for aspiring firefighters. Rogers emphasized the necessity of ongoing training to maintain top-notch skills, highlighting the high-stakes situations these heroes face in their line of duty. He further stressed the importance of teamwork in life-or-death scenarios.
Moreover, Rogers stressed that reliability in solo tasks is equally crucial. “Firefighters always put their safety second to the public. I think this is why they are so loved around the world.”
The 2024 Australian Firefighters Calendar will contribute to various charities, including the Queensland Koala Society, Kids with Cancer Foundation, Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, and Safe Haven Animal Rescue. Other supported organizations include Wildcare Inc., Fauna Rescue of SA, Native Animal Rescue, CAVFA, Best Friends Felines, All Breed Canine Rescue Inc., and Healing Hooves, alongside select US-based charities.
The project’s widespread success extends far beyond Australia, with the US displaying particular affection for the Calendar. This year, firefighters Caden Troy and Jacob Hacker were flown in from the US to participate in the photo shoot.
Troy, from the St. Lucie County Fire District in the US, shared his profound connection to firefighting, emphasizing the importance of conservation efforts. “We live on one shared planet and this is a message I am more than happy to take back to the States and share with my audience. And oh yeah, ripped firefighters with adorable animals. I think people might enjoy that as well,” he expressed.
Hacker, a firefighter, paramedic, and actor from Willard Fire and Rescue Ohio, disclosed that being part of the Australian Firefighters Calendar was a lifelong aspiration. “This was a dream come true and one of the greatest honors of my life to be an American featured in an Australian Firefighters calendar for a good cause.”
Canadian firefighter Steven Giannopolous, from the Ottawa Fire Service, emphasized how firefighting became his lifelong dream, highlighting the human element behind this essential profession. “It’s been 9 years now and I haven’t looked back. One of the most dynamic and demanding jobs but also the most rewarding being able to serve your community and help people on the worst days of their lives.”
After enjoying this collection, explore Bored Panda‘s earlier coverage of the Australian Firefighters Calendar from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.
Source: Bored Panda