Orcas Fire and Rescue staff stars in nearly nude calendar

Staff and volunteers of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue have bared their bums for charity.

A shiny 2017 calendar is available at a variety of shops around Eastsound containing scantily clad photos of some of Orcas’ emergency response heroes. Taking a page from fire stations around the country, OIFR Commissioner Barbara Bedell thought the calendar would be a great way to raise funds for the volunteer firefighters.

“I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money for the firefighters,” said Bedell. “We had a lot of fun doing it.”

Shot on a chilly weekend in February, off-duty personnel posed in the nude with only suspenders and carefully placed props as covering. The models donated time and finances to create the calendar and no OIFR funds were used for the project.

The calendar will be available for purchase at Crow Valley Gallery, Darvill’s, The Office Cupboard, the liquor store and some other shops around the village.

As for whether the calendar will be an annual fundraising event, Bedell said with a chuckle: “We’ll have to see how it goes.”