Annual Vancouver firefighters calendar adds women for 2021

That's one hot calendar

The hottest calendar of the year is slated for release this October.

Now in its 34th year, Vancouver Firefighter Charities is preparing for its annual fundraising campaign with the return of their Hall of Flame Calendar.

In a release, the organization states that the 2021 wall calendar will be noticeably different as the non-profit organization works to acknowledge the heroic efforts of those combating the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic - but that's not all. 

For the first time, the calendar will also showcase a lineup of women firefighters from Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. The calendar will provide equal representation and reflect the diversity of VFRS by featuring seven female and seven male firefighter models.

Each year, professional firefighters volunteer their time to model for the calendar and numerous citizen volunteers and VFC representatives donate their time and expertise to produce the calendar and help make it a success.

The evocative artist-created Murals of Gratitude of Gastown will serve as the colourful backdrop for this year's calendar, paying homage to the efforts and dedication of the city's first responders and frontline workers who have worked so tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Through careful planning, VFC will be conducting outdoor photoshoots in the neighbourhood later this month - while maintaining strict safety protocols and physical distancing for all volunteers and team members.

As VFC's longest-running charitable initiative, the Hall of Flame Calendar has raised well over $1 million since its inception in 1988, providing support for at-risk children, adults and families throughout the province. Proceeds from this year's calendar sales will be donated to VFC's own community programs - including Snacks for Kids and Lifelines for Seniors - in addition to the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

"Fans can look forward to something a little different than our usual 'cheeky' firefighters' calendar," says spokesman Brandon Kaye.

"People all over the world have been doing extraordinary things in the face of insurmountable odds to break barriers, help one another and challenge oppression, and that's exactly what we want to portray in our photos this year. The 2021 calendar is an inclusive celebration of our local heroes and the strong men and women working hard on the frontlines in Vancouver."

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