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These initiatives not only serve as a form of community outreach, he said, but also a "morale booster. But with the city's new restrictions, Madill said it remains to be seen whether they'll release a edition.
Already have an ? Catharines between calendar sales and a fashion show, said Madill.
Comments are welcome while open. In recent years, the calendar has featured topless members of the crew's combat team, who compete in firefighting-themed athletic contests, and has included a female firefighter, who appeared in a sports bra.
And of course, the models show off their six-packs for every season. He said firefighters spend many off-duty hours setting up shoots, toning their bodies into photo-ready shape, promoting the calendar at local events and ing autographs for fans.
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Hamilton St. Catharines tells firefighters calendar is too steamy, models need to cover up Firefighters in St. Social Sharing. The decision means firefighters are now barred from staging shoots in city firehouses, and cannot include equipment, logos and uniforms into the scene, if they bare skin.
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That's why firefighters across the province use calendars as a platform to show a more personal side, and a whole lot of skin, to their communities, Hyndman said. For the most part, people only get to meet their local firefighters in an emergency, said Rob Hyndman, president of the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association and a multi-time calendar model in Sudbury.
But now local officials say firefighters either have to cover up or not wear their uniforms for the shoot, because municipal resources can't be used for the publication of bare-chested photos of employees. While the city has never funded the calendars, it has allowed firefighters to incorporate city-owned property into the photos.
Deputy chief administrative officer David Oakes insisted the no shirts, no city services mandate isn't meant to discourage do-gooding, but to uphold standards of "respect and dignity" in the workplace. Ryan Madill, the president of the St. Catharines Professional Firefighters Association, said the department has been putting out calendars on-and-off for about a quarter century. The calendar consists of 12 months of musclemen posing with all manner of flame-quenching equipment.
They can still use city settings and gear if they dress more modestly, Oakes added. September wields an axe before a rack of jackets and bags packed for the next emergency call.
While investigating the issue, Oakes said the mostly male firefighters' calendar was put forward as evidence of a gender-based "double standard," so the city decided to crack down on skin-baring images of both men and women. June casually clasps a handful of hoses hanging from above, while Mr. April flashes a smile while hanging from the back of a fire truck.
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