We all agree that firefighters are heroes. It takes an incredibly brave person to charge head-first into a burning building to save those inside, and we’re eternally thankful for the work they do.
However, it has to be said that these particular firefighters, from the ‘land down under’, have taken my admiration to a new level. Since 1993, the Australian Firefighters organisation have been hosting an annual fund-raising calendar project for worthy charities like Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The modelling approach has been pretty straightforward in the past – just hunky firefighters standing there half-dressed smiling at you. I mean, what’s not to like? But last year, they took it a step further by introducing rescue cats and kittens into the mix, causing their target audience to swoon and ‘squeeee!’ at the same time.
Last year’s calendar was such a viral success that the boys felt obligated to follow it up this year. For the 2019 calendar, they’ve added even more different kinds of animals into the mix! The proceeds from this year’s Australian Firefighters Calendar will be donated to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, who do great work for vulnerable animals in that part of the world.
So, if you buy a copy of this year’s calendar, not only can you have a good ogle, but you’ll be doing good with your money too! Without further ado, here’s a baker’s dozen of stills from this year’s photo shoot:
1. It started with a kiss
First up, we have an absurdly toned young man competing for your gaze with the cutest ginger kitten in Australia. Who wins? We do!
2. A photo of the very highest koala-ty
As cute as this photo is, this firefighter is pretty brave getting this close to a koala bear – despite their size, they’re apparently quite vicious, and just look at those claws! Yeesh…
3. Here’s looking at you, kid
I simply cannot cope with how cut these kitties are. I want to adopt them both right away! Oh, and the guy can come with too, I guess… I mean, they need a dad, right?
4. Remember you’re a wombat
This here creature is a wombat, a chunky little marsupial that is native to Australia. Sadly, they don’t always come with a hunky firefighter in tow. He looks okay with the whole situation, though.
5. Eyes on the prize
How are adorable are meerkats! I’ve always loved these little things. I can’t get over the way they look like they’re constantly on the lookout. Judging by the fireman’s gaze, and the lack of a ring on his finger, it looks like he’s on the lookout too!
6. Who says dogs can’t multitask?
This is definitely one of my favourites out of the whole bunch. I love how the little pup is licking his face and looking into the camera at the same time – he’s obviously a born poser! And he’s not alone in that regard…
7. A shoulder to pose on
Oh my gosh, what a blessed image. This teeny border collie pup is so darn cute that he almost made me ignore the other gorgeous creature in this photo. Emphasis on ‘almost’.
8. Spoiled for choice
This young firefighter is having exactly as much fun as one would expect from being in a room full of cute little kittens. How many can you spot in total? If you can pry your eyes away from his pectorals, that is…
9. Hey there, big boy!
Sorry, Mr. Fireman – we really appreciate the work that you do, as well as your insanely ripped abs, but the doggy steals the show on this occasion. Does anyone out there know what breed this is? I want to say Irish Wolfhound, but I’m sure someone in the comments will correct me!
10. On the trail together
This picture is absolutely beautiful. I have always absolutely loved Shetland ponies, and it looks like the fireman in this picture does too. It’s just too cute, I tells ya!
11. What a Babe!
A change of pace from the furrier animals, here is a gorgeous little pig in the arms of one of Australia’s finest. I’m not sure whether this is one of those special miniature pigs, or just a regular piglet – does anyone out there know?
12. You raise me up
I’m pretty sure this is the exact same kitty that was featured in photo #3, but I am 100% not complaining about seeing this cute little fuzzball again. I’m also not complaining that this fireman, like the rest of his buddies, appears to have misplaced his shirt.
13. Whatever the weather
We thought we’d wrap this up with a special seasonal photo, featuring a super-hunky fireman chilling out with a beautiful Saint Bernard. I’m pretty sure this is fake snow – because, you know, it’s Australia – but it’s a very nice look nonetheless.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did. I know it’s not even November 2018 yet, but I feel like the best calendar of 2019 has already been decided upon.
Which was your favourite pic? Let us know in the comments!