Salt Lake area firefighters shed clothes, make calendar to raise money for cancer
(KUTV) As the leaves change color and the cooler temperatures of fall approach, the Utah Firefigher Calendar heats things back up for a good cause.
Recently, a non-profit Facebook page popped up online to benefit "those battling cancer in any way, shape or form." Within a few days it already had around 750 fans.
Around a dozen Salt Lake area firefighters shed their coats and some gear in exchange for a greased up bare-chested look to benefit cancer patients.
The 2016 Utah Firefighters Calendar, made up of photos taken by photographer Ben Sant, is just starting to take shape. All proceeds from the endeavor will be donated to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
"We have four fire departments in collaboration with this," Sant told 2News, who used to be a firefighter himself before becoming a photographer.
The participating agencies include Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake City, Murray and Unified Fire Authority.
Since last week the team behind the calendar has created a Facebook page, Instagram, a website, and now a Twitter profile showing a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making a 12-month calendar filled with shirtless men.
The recently released photos are just a tease, the actual photos will go on sale soon, Sant tells 2News. The main shoot for the calendar will happen on Sept. 27.
Each calendar month will have a sponsor and a chiseled firefighter on them. Sant says the men are doing some more crunches and pumping more iron to look even better for the actual shoot later this month.
"There are a lot of police and firefighters that are affected by cancer," Sant said about how the idea to create the calendar slowly evolved into something real.
Nick Honsvick, a firefighter with South Salt Lake had the idea for a while to create the calendar to raise money and contacted Sant to make it come to fruition.
"Slowly we have just gotten more and more people involved," Sant said.
The calendar isn't just to help firefighters or those in public service, the photographer wanted to stress. It's for anyone.
"Everyone personally knows someone affected by cancer," he said. "We want to be able to raise a healthy donation and proceed for ACS."
See more details on their website here at www.utfirefightercalendar.org