ORLANDO — Firefighters know that it comes with the job: tackling blazing infernos that are consuming homes, and are dangerously hot.
On the other hand, what if it’s the firefighters themselves who are so darned hot?
The organization Orange County Fire Charities is hoping to test that theory on Saturday, during a special event at 8 p.m. they’re hosting at the Ember restaurant in downtown Orlando.
The occasion is the unveiling of the red-hot 2016 Professional Firefighter Calendar, all part of an event that organizers are promising will be sexy and plenty of fun.
Orange County Fire Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization created to help other non-profits in Central Florida, and it’s administered by firefighters who share a philanthropic desire to support causes like cancer awareness and prevention and pediatric illnesses.
On Saturday, “Central Florida’s hottest firefighters will be raising the temperature and raising money for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network at the official calendar release party for Orange County Fire Charities’ 2016 Professional Firefighters Calendar,” the organization noted in a news release.
The event will also feature a competition hosted by the XL 106.7 music radio station, featuring live performances by the models.
“We are so excited to showcase Central Florida’s sexiest firefighters and give guests an exclusive opportunity to meet their favorites with a fun event that raises money to help firefighter families fighting cancer — the number one killer of our brothers and sisters nationwide,” said Kathy Argabright, chairperson of Orange County Fire Charities.
A VIP package is available that features a complimentary copy of the 2016 Professional Firefighter Calendar, catered hors d’oevres, a free specially-themed cocktail, live music, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with the firefighter hunks.
The models will be on hand to sign the calendars and take photos with guests.
“Our community loves its firefighters,” said Argabright. “Attending is a wonderful way for citizens to show their support of firefighters and make a difference for an exceptional charity that helps families of firefighters battling this devastating disease.”
VIP admission is $25, and allows admission to this event from 8-10 p.m. General admission begins at 10 p.m.
Ember is at 42 W. Central Boulevard.
To learn more, purchase tickets or to order copies of the calendar, visit Professional Firefighters Calendar.
The Firefighter Cancer Support Network provides assistance to fire service members and their families who receive a cancer diagnosis.
“We maintain and continuously update a roster of mentors who have personal experience with many types of cancers who will personally guide you through the process of dealing with your specific illness,” FCSN notes on its website. “The FCSN also provides awareness to fire service members and their families about the importance of cancer prevention and screening by coordinating educational opportunities with various health programs.”
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