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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Fire Critic= Best Firefighter Calendars. with Rhett Fleitz


The Best Firefighter Calendars for 2017

Each year, firefighters around the World get together to publish firefighter calendars. One thing can be said about these firefighters…they do a great job of taking care of themselves and should be commended for it. More than that, they are doing a great benefit to the fire service by supporting others through charity.
One of the calendars to close up shop this year is the America’s Female Fire Fighters Calendar. They were always a pleasure to bump into at trade shows and it is sad to see them go.
There are typically more available than what shows up on this list due to brand new calendars or those who take a year off. I do my best to find them all. The easiest way to make sure your calendar is included in the list is to make sure I know about it!

Hunks & Ladders

hunksI didn’t know about this calendar when I put this article together…so I will add it here unranked. It has been around since 1987. Through the calendar, firefighter combat challenges, and concerts, they support three charities. The calendar began in Dayton, Ohio and is comprised mostly of Firefighters from Ohio.
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17. Firefighters Without borders

fwbFC Note: I included this calendar because much like all of the others, I appreciate the cause. However, at the time of publishing I hadn’t seen enough of the calendar yet.  However, I have since seen the photos from this calendar and can tell you it definitly would have been ranked higher!!!
We are dedicated to providing equipment, training and support for fire service agencies in need. We focus on sustainable support through strategic planning, onsite training of emergency services providers, members of the community, school children and families and ongoing support. Firefighters Without Borders looks beyond the immediate need, looking at long term, multi-staged projects if necessary, to ensure long term safety in the community. Fire prevention and public education programs are key components of our long term sustainability approach.
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16. Kamloops Firefighters Calendar

kamloopsProceeds donated to the BC Burn Fund and Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.

15. Houston Fire Fighters Calendar

houstonOur Texas edition is ready for you!  These make Christmas gifts!  Get yours now.  Published since 1990, the calendar benefits the Houston Fire Fighters Burned Children’s Fund.  Calendar sales proceeds help provide community fire safety and prevention education and aid to children in the Greater Houston area who have been burned or injured in accidents, fires and other incidents. The Fund is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.They make great gifts for friends and family.  See for yourself, order yours today.
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14. South Florida Firefighters Calendar

south-floridaOur mission is to raise money for various local charities and raise awareness of important community issues. To date, the non-profit organization has raised over $240,000 to benefit charities such as the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Andrew Fund, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Best Buddies, Cystic Fibrosis, Local 10’s Care Force, Safehaven for Newborns and Here’s Help. Please support your local charities by purchasing one of our Calendars.

13. Midwest Firefighter Calendar

st-paulExciting news!  The 2017 calendar will feature Firefighters from both Saint Paul and Minneapolis!  These two groups are coming together to support Twin Cities Firefighters Operation Warm.  The mission of Twin Cities Firefighters Operation Warm is to provide brand new, American made, winter coats to local children in need.
As always, proceeds from our Firefigther Calendar go directly to benefitting charitable organizations.  Over the last seven years, you’ve helped us raise close to $250,000 for a lot of great charities.  We’re glad that we can add another great non-profit to our reciepient list.  Thank you all so much for your patronage and we hope you will take the time to learn more about the organizations we’ve supported.

12. Hall of Flame Calendar (Greater Vancouver Firefighters)

hall-of-flameThe Hall of Flame Calendar is in it’s 30th year, and it is truly a labour of love.  Each year, professional firefighters volunteering as models, a volunteer citizen production team and a VFCS member management team donate thousands of hours of their time to make the calendar a success.  Over the years the amount of funds raised for Charity well-exceeds a million dollars.  These funds are used to support the CKNW Orphans Fund, the BCPFFA Burn Fund and the many charitable programs developed by the Vancouver Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society.
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11. Australia Firefighters Calendar

This is actually 4 calendars covering Australia including New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Australia (if I am not mistaken)
The Firefighters Calendar was established in 1993 and presently raises funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns unit.
Firefighters from around the country have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help alleviate the pain and suffering of children admitted to hospital with severe burns each year.
The Firefighters Calendar has a proud history of supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns unit and we are excited to extend our support to hospitals around the country.
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10. Firefighters vs. Autism Calendar

firefighters-vs-autism-calendarFirefighters vs. Autism was organized exclusively to educate the community about the dangers of wandering and drowning that are prevalent among those within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are firefighters, family members and friends who are primarily engaged in educating first responders, the community, as well as the parents of children with Autism, for the purpose of preventing wandering and drowning among individuals with ASD.  Our primary purpose is to provide workshops for first responders in order to educate them on the dangers of wandering and drowning as well as to provide opportunities for families, friends and/or caregivers to learn about what they can do to prevent these tragedies from happening.  Firefighters vs Autismprovides information to the community in general on the dangers that individuals with Autism could face.
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9. Firehouse Dolls

firehouse-dollsFirehouse Dolls is firefighter owned and operated. Our Calendars feature Beautiful Female Firefighters, EMT’s, Paramedics. Dispatchers and any pretty girl associated with the fire/rescue service. Paid and Volunteer!
A portion of the sales of our products are donated to various charities. The models go to trade shows every year to sell and autograph our products. Please look for the models at the next trade show you are attending.
And as always if you know a pretty girl that would be interested in modeling, please have her contact us. Thank you for your continued interest in the Firehouse Dolls.
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8. Red Hot Dates & Red Hot Sirens Calendars

For 13 years, 30,000 calendars have been sold, raising money for a number of charities including Parkinson’s UK, Pinderfields Spinal Unit, Cancer Research UK, Prostate Cancer UK, Laila Milly Foundation, and The Fire Fighters Charity.
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7. Charleston Area Firefighter Calendar

charlestonAs the lowcountry’s oldest and largest animal rescue organization, it is an honor to team with our community’s firefighters, our sponsors and our calendar work committee to produce the Firefighter Calendar. This project would not be possible without their generous support, hard work and dedication to this campaign. We are grateful to each and every one of them for making the Firefighter Calendar Campaign a reality.
Our first year, the 2014 Firefighter Calendar, raised over $100,000 and we are thrilled to report our 2015 Calendar raised over $250,000. All calendar sales and event proceeds benefit Toby’s Fund which provides medical care to treat thousands of injured, abused and abandoned animals. The success of this fundraiser is imperative for us to save lives. We are indebted to our local heroes who have given so freely of their time and energy to this project. Their participation, supported by our community’s fire chiefs, was reflective of their individual character and their departments. We want to thank each of them for their commitment to save the most vulnerable among us – helpless animals.
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6. Fire Rescue Dogs

fire-rescue-dogsThe Fire Rescue Dogs Calendar fundraising project benefits Lifeline Puppy Rescue located in Colorado who rescues more than 1,500 puppies every year.  Funds raised from the Calendar will go towards several large expenses including vacinations, medications, spaying/neuturing and lifesaving veterinary care.  Any additional funds will go towards updating the shelter in order to keep it in tip top shape.
This project is made possible thanks to the support of all of our wonderful volunteers, sponsors and of course, the hardworking firefighters in and around the Denver Metro area who have graciously volunteered their time.  And the Puppies!  There wouldn’t be a calendar without the Puppies!
We have a dedicated team that works hard daily to make this fundraiser a reality and we rely on compassionate individuals like you in order to be able to care for all of the sweet puppies that we take into the rescue every week.
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5. Utah Firefighter Calendar

utahEveryone knows someone who has suffered from cancer. It’s a disease that affects young and old without bias.
For us, firefighters of Utah, it’s more than a threat. In fact, 68% of firefighters fall victim to cancer.
We wanted to fight back for our friends and our family members who are affected by this disease – so we created the Utah Firefighter Calendar.
Now in our second year, we donate 100% of proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
Thank you for your support.
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4. Red Deer Firefighters

red-deerThis calendar is just one way of raising money for the Red Deer Firefighter Childrens Charity. Through the charity they help out many organizations and events involving children throughout the year.
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3. Saskatchewan Professional Firefighters Calendar

saskSince 1974 the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund has raised over $6 million to purchase equipment for our two provincial state of the art Burn Units; one at the Regina General Hospital and one at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. We also fund the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Hyperbaric Chamber at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital.
The Burn Fund provides continuing education for doctors and nurses in burn care and treatment, along with funding public awareness campaigns on burn prevention and safety and sending children to burn camp on a yearly basis. Our goal is to make a stay in the Burn Unit as short and as comfortable as possible. All funds raised in the province stay in the province for the purpose of fulfilling our mandate of burn care and treatment to the citizens of Saskatchewan.
As Fire Fighters, we know all too well how burn injuries change lives. The scars, both physical and mental, last a lifetime. It is our goal to do all we can to reduce the pain and suffering of those who fall victim to burn injuries as well as preventing these types of accidents through public education.
The individuals that appear in our calendar are real Fire Fighters, everyday heroes who risk their lives to save the lives and properties of total strangers. These Fire Fighters are donating their time to help increase awareness of the need for burn research and public education.
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2. Hotstuff Calendar (Calgary Firefighters)

hot-stuffThe Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society is a registered non-profit charity organization supported by 1000+ professional Calgary Firefighters. We are comprised of a 5-member executive supported by a board of directors. Registered Charity No: 11891-5925RR0001
We dedicate and volunteer our off-duty firefighting hours towards raising funds and awareness for the Calgary Firefighter’s Burn Treatment Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta. This fundraising ensures that money is available for upgrades, as necessary, to the highly specialized equipment. It also provides the burn unit health care team with opportunities to attend continuing education programs to remain current in new treatment techniques. The money we donate is accumulated through various fundraisers, public and private donations. The various fundraisers include our annual “Ladies Night Out”, sales of the “Hotstuff Calendar”, corporate barbeques, golf tournaments, a celebrity baseball game and other special events. We would like to thank the Calgary Firefighters Association – Local 255 for their continued support.
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1. Colorado Firefighter Calendar

coloradoFounded in 2011, by a group of visionaries who wanted to do more for burn victims in the community and raise fire safety awareness, the Colorado Firefighter Calendar is comprised of a volunteer board of directors who plan and produce the calendar, calendar events and child safety educational programs.  Firefighters from around the state volunteer time to raise funds, attend events, educate children on fire prevention and increase awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center and other centers around Colorado.  These men and women represent one of the noblest professions and the calendar serves as a tribute to firefighters and the people they serve.  Net proceeds received from the sale of calendars and special events will directly benefit the Children’s Hospital Burn Center and centers across the state.
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