Lt. Roger Stewart with the Oak Bay Fire Department stands in front of his 'month' of the 2014 Greater Victoria Fire Fighters Calendar. The calendar is part of a regionwide effort to raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital.

Lt. Roger Stewart with the Oak Bay Fire Department stands in front of his 'month' of the 2014 Greater Victoria Fire Fighters Calendar. The calendar is part of a regionwide effort to raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital.

Professional firefighters sizzle in calendar

Oak Bay firefighter Mr. October in annual fundraising initiative

Firefighters around the district are igniting as much as they’re putting out this week, as the 2014 Greater Victoria firefighters calendar hits the streets.

The calendar, a joint fundraising initiative from the four Greater Victoria professional fire departments – Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Victoria and Saanich – is an effort to raise money for southern Island pediatric units through Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

While the 12-month show of fiery men will set donors back $20, proceeds go towards the group’s $250,000 pledge to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Victoria General Hospital.

“What drew me into saying yes for being part of the calendar is just my commitment to raising this money,” said Lt. Roger Stewart with the Oak Bay Fire Department. “My own daughter spent time in the NICU when she was born … she is 12 now and it’s an important effort to me.”

Stewart, who is featured in October 2014, was one of four firefighters from Oak Bay and one of 24 from around Greater Victoria who volunteered for the project. And while the 2014 and future 2015 calendars still show off shirtless muscles, sculpted with some classic black-and-white photography, the poses are much “softer,” Stewart said, than the traditional fare.

“In years past, there was this real push to have these manly images with tough faces and action shots. Now, we have more of the firefighters just posing and hanging out, with more smiles and a gentle approach as opposed to a performance.”

The calendars started circulating in recent weeks and Stewart said it’s been very humbling to have members of the community recognize him.

“I’m not really a shy person, but this really requires you to put yourself out there,” he said. “It’s easier to do when you focus on the fact that it’s for a good cause.”

The 2014 calendar will be available in various locations throughout town, including the Oak Bay fire hall, Thrifty Foods and London Drugs stores and online. To learn more, visit oak bayfirefighters.com.

news@mondaymag.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Scaredy Cats television series has turned Empress Avenue in Fernwood into a Halloween themed neighbourhood. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Trick or treat! Halloween comes to Fernwood in January

New television series Scaredy Cats filming in Victoria

Colin Springford doing what he loved best, tending to his garden. (Linda Matteson photo)
Longtime farmer Colin Springford dies at age 75

‘He will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten’

Saanich has awarded the tender for a youth bike skills park planned for the lot next to the George Tripp BC Hydro Substation off Lochside Drive to Bike Track Ltd. for $242,000. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich selects company to build youth bike skills track at Tripp Station Park

More than $240,000 allotted for Bike Track Ltd. to design bike park

An architectural rendering provides a look at PC Urban’s proposal for three buildings on the former Galaxy Motors property at 1764 Island Hwy. in Colwood. (Rendering courtesy of PC Urban)
Commercial/industrial development planned for former Galaxy Motors site

Colwood proposal goes to public hearing Jan. 25

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

(Black Press Media files)
Woman steals bottles of wine after brandishing stun baton in New Westminster

Police say the female suspect was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canadian malls, conference centres, hotels offer up space for COVID vaccination centres

Commercial real estate association REALPAC said that a similar initiative was seeing success in the U.K.

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are sworn into office on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Vancouver Island paddle boarder surrounded by pod of orcas

“My whole body is still shaking. I don’t even know what to do with this energy.”

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
‘Cocaine bananas’ arrive at Kelowna grocery stores after mix up from Colombia: RCMP

Kelowna RCMP recently concluded an international drug investigation after finding cocaine in local grocers’ banana shipments in 2019

Most Read