Just an­other day in cal­en­dar’s 25-year his­tory

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA WHITTAKER

It’s a pretty low key af­fair.

Fire­fighter Bjorn Con­sta­ble gets him­self ready for the cam­era with a work­out in the Auck­land City Fire Sta­tion gym.

Then there’s five min­utes with the makeup artist be­fore head­ing out the back to a wait­ing pho­tog­ra­pher and makeshift set.

All this seems to go un­no­ticed by the fire­fight­ers on duty at the sta­tion. It’s been hap­pen­ing for the last 25 years so they’ve seen it all be­fore.

The cal­en­dar was born in 1991 as a way for fire­fight­ers to fundraise to get to the World Fire­fight­ers Games.

It’s pro­duced by the New Zealand Fire­fighter Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and its pro­ceeds still help fund in­ter­na­tional fire­fight­ing events.

One dol­lar from ev­ery cal­en­dar printed is do­nated to the Child Cancer Foun­da­tion. The re­la­tion­ship with the char­ity was formed 24 years ago af­ter an Auck­land fire­fighter’s child died from cancer.

There were about 30 ap­pli­cants for the 2015 cal­en­dar, project man­ager Tony Scott says.

He and his wife Heather Stan­ley, who is the as­so­ci­a­tion busi­ness man­ager, select the lucky lads.

But it’s the pho­tog­ra­pher who gets the fi­nal say.

‘‘He can see a lot of things in them that we can’t. We don’t al­ways see eye-to­eye,’’ Scott says.

It’s dif­fer­ent to the early days when the suc­cess­ful models were se­lected by strut­ting their stuff on a cat­walk set up at the Auck­land City sta­tion.

‘‘Their wives and friends would cheer for them. We don’t do things like that th­ese days,’’ Scott says.

The cal­en­dar is a re­spected brand and well sup­ported, he says.

‘‘In the be­gin­ning even my mum was scep­ti­cal, but she buys one ev­ery year now.’’

The shoot takes all week­end. The team have spent much of Satur­day tak­ing photos at Auck­land Air­port.

The fe­male cal­en­dar photo shoot hap­pened on Sun­day.

The con­cept for the 2015 cal­en­dar is to recre­ate the 12 best shots from pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

It doesn’t take long to get the right photo of Con­sta­ble.

He’s a first-timer but he’s re­laxed in front of the cam­era. The 23-year-old vol­un­teer fire­man from Napier is also a body­builder. He com­peted at the 2013 Mr Uni­verse com­pe­ti­tion with the New Zealand team.

Be­ing in the cal­en­dar has been a good ex­pe­ri­ence, he says.

Photo: DAVID WHITE

Cal­en­dar duty: Fire­man Bjorn Con­sta­ble fea­tures in the 2015 New Zealand Fire­fight­ers Cal­en­dar.

Photo: EMMA WHITTAKER

On set: Bjorn Con­sta­ble strikes a pose for the cam­era at Auck­land City Fire Sta­tion.

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