Burn, baby, burn: Margaret River’s firies turn up the heat

Local firefighters have put their bods on the line - this time, for a different reason. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre
Local firefighters have put their bods on the line - this time, for a different reason. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your hats – the first ever Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service calendar is here.

Hot off the presses and first revealed to the world at last weekend’s Margaret River Agricultural Show, the calendar features some of the dedicated locals who give up their time and in many cases risk their lives to protect the homes and residents of the region.

Getting warmer: Wayne Doney goes topless in the 2019 Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service calendar.

Getting warmer: Wayne Doney goes topless in the 2019 Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service calendar.

Twelve months of local firefighters and their so-called ‘dadbods’, (defined by Urban Dictionary as a male body type that is ‘softly round’) were unveiled and made available for sale at the brigade’s stand at the Show, where they were a popular item for locals wanting to show their support. 

Hot stuff: Captain Jeff Bushby breaks a sweat in aid of the 2019 calendar.

Hot stuff: Captain Jeff Bushby breaks a sweat in aid of the 2019 calendar.

The brigade’s Wayne Doney said the calendar showed the real nature of the local volunteers. 

“It really shows that we are all locals, we’re your neighbours, coaches, tradies, teachers, the guys and girls you work alongside,” he said. 

“We hope people will get on board and support us, all proceeds will go back to the service and you get to have us on your wall all year!

“We sold over 40 copies at the Show and we’re hoping to continue our sales now that we have a great list of local stockists who have come on board to help us.”

Each month of the calendar is sponsored by a local business, with photography services donated by photographer and police officer Brian Kinson, also responsible for the Not All Heroes Wear Capes tribute.

Garth and Chris work it for the camera to promote the first ever calendar by the Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service. Photos: Nicky Lefebvre

Garth and Chris work it for the camera to promote the first ever calendar by the Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service. Photos: Nicky Lefebvre

“We were really grateful to Brian for donating his time and his talents to help us out, he captures amazing images of emergency service personnel in the South West and it was great to have him be a part of this project.”

Where to buy:

The 2019 Margaret River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service calendar ($20) is on sale now and can be purchased at Settlers Liquor, Margaret River Family Vet Hospital, Margs Cafe (Woolworths centre), Margaret River Collaborative, Yahava Koffeeworks Margaret River, Southern Workwear, Settlers Tavern and Insync Bodies.

Orders can also be placed via the brigade’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Margaret-River-Volunteer-Fire-Rescue-Service 

Simply send a private message to the page and you will receive a reply with bank details and info.

Much love: Firefighter Dan Hanrahan's special moment caught for the camera.

Much love: Firefighter Dan Hanrahan's special moment caught for the camera.