Firefighters sizzle as they sell calendars in the city

Getting up close to the Gold Coast firefighters are (back, from left) Fiona Binnie and Jess Harper, with (left) Bruce Mitchell and Dale Sorensen.
Getting up close to the Gold Coast firefighters are (back, from left) Fiona Binnie and Jess Harper, with (left) Bruce Mitchell and Dale Sorensen. Dave Noonan

GETTING asked to take his shirt off isn't an uncommon thing for Dale Sorensen.

The Gold Coast firefighter has been in Toowoomba selling the now-famous Firefighters Calendars alongside fellow firie and calendar co-ordinator Bruce Mitchell this week.
"We have a lot of fun with it and travel a lot," Mr Mitchell said.

"Plus we've raised a lot of funds for the Children's Health Foundation."

Both said the women were always fun to have a laugh with and heartily supported the cause, even if it did mean sometimes undressing.

Over the years, the calendars have raised more than $750,000 for the foundation, that operates the largest paediatric burns centre in Australasia; the Centre for Children's Burns and Trauma research Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

Mr Sorensen has been involved with the calendar for 16 years making him the longest serving firefighter of the fundraiser.

"At that stage I was into my training and saw the application and thought I'd give it a go," Mr Sorensen said.

"Seeing the funds go towards the burns unit is a real eye opener and you realise just how great a job they do there."

The men have been signing calendars and posing for photos at The Coffee Club at Clifford Gardens, where they will remain selling the steamy calendars until the end of today.

Men were not left out this year either with a 2013 Female Firefighters calendar also available.

It's been a number of years since a firefighter from the region was in the calendar so the call is now out for any Toowoomba firefighters to apply for the 2014 calendar.

Details can be found at here.

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