These firefighters aren't just rescuing kittens stuck up in trees.
Those sexy firefighters from the land down under are back with new editions of their popular calendar for 2019.
The hunky heroes normally release their Dog, Animal, and Hot Firefighter calendars each year, but 2019 is also their year of the cat.
The decision to create an exclusive feline edition is based on a photo from last year's calendar in which a firefighter posed with several adorable kittens and received such a huge response they decided to expand their brand, and now many countries want to participate on the project.
“The biggest interest in this calendar seems to be coming from Asia, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and South America," said David Rogers, Director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar.
All of the calendars will help raise money for charities around Australia and overseas.
"We are very excited to start working with local Australian and international animal shelters," said Rogers. "We felt it was important to use the calendar’s social media presence to shine a light on the incredible work they all do. Even a small donation to these organisations can make an enormous difference and we look forward to expanding our support to these charities.”
Rescue animals, including horses, are featured in every 2019 calendar Rogers explains. "Our intention is to find loving homes for these animals and financially support these incredible organisations looking after these mistreated animals."
Even conservationist Bindi Irwin and her brother Robert look forward to the program every year.
"We are so excited to be involved with the 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendar again," said Bindi at the Steve Irwin Australia Zoo where some of the photos were taken. "The funds they raise help to save and protect Australian native wildlife in South East Queensland. They truly are Wildlife Warriors and we’re so proud they are joining us again to help save our wildlife.”
Robert adds that he is especially excited about the photography, it's an interest both he and his late dad shared. "It really connects people with wildlife in a way they might not have been able to before, so for the Australian Firefighters Calendar to feature some of our own animals, that’s pretty awesome," he said.
Since 1993 firefighters from Australia’s Urban, Rural, Aviation, Armed Forces and Corporate fire-fighting services have been coming together to create this 12-month "pec"torial.
The calendar has donated over $2.8 million dollars to various charities around Australia with $1.7 million dollars of that being donated in the past four years alone.
Its release gets lots of attention every year from social media. And this year they are offering firefighters from all over the world a chance to participate on the project.
"With the explosion of worldwide interest in the calendar," explains Rogers, "it only made sense for us to invite the hottest firefighters from around the globe here to the beautiful Gold Coast to be a part of the worlds very first ‘International Firefighters Calendar.'"
For more information on the Australian Firefighters Calendar click HERE.
Australian Firefighters Calendar donates vital funds to the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Queensland, The Starlight Foundation in New South Wales, My Room Children’s Cancer Charity in Victoria, The Cancer Council in South Australia and The Salvation Army in ACT. Nationally the calendar donates funds to Mates4Mates, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, Precious Paws Animal Rescue, Safe Haven Animal Rescue, Save a Horse, Healing Hooves and AMS Cat Haven.