BANGOR, Maine — The images are so hot that a firefighter might be needed to extinguish them.
The 2009 Hose 5 Fire Museum charity calendar is for sale at more than two dozen locations in the Bangor area, said Nate Snyder, organizer and firefighter-paramedic who is also the February model.
The calendars cost $12 and all of the funds go to support the Hose 5 Fire Museum on State Street, and are expected to pay for a much-needed heating system.
“It’s only a buck a month,” Snyder said Saturday, adding jokingly that “actually, one of the guys is free and mine is worth two bucks.”
In one of the photos, flames seem to shoot up from the arms of one firefighter who looks like he’s praying. In another, two photos merge to show a fire-fighter in his turnout gear and his military uniform from Desert Storm. All of the photos feature tight, ripped abs and bulging arm muscles.
“The guys worked long and hard to look good for the calendar,” said Snyder, who in the photo wears only his fireproof firefighting pants, suspenders and no shirt.
The calendar also features a couple of “older” firefighters and a female firefighter to appeal to calendar users of all ages and genders, he said.
Images for the calendar were taken by local photographer Michael York, who has photographed every calendar since the original 2000 edition, and this year is trying something new under Snyder’s direction. The firefighter is describing the photographs as “artistic shots.”
Those who want a preview of the calendar can go to the Hose 5 Museum Web site, www.bangormaine.gov/cs_ps_hose5museum.php, where three of the calendar shots, including Snyder, can be previewed.
The Web site is one of many places where the calendars can be purchased, firefighter Matt Costella said.
“They can download the form, fill it in and mail it to us and we’ll send them a calendar,” he said. “I just mailed out 13 yesterday. We send them all over. We send them to Japan, Australia.”
Calendars also can be picked up at the Central Fire Station on Main Street, or at dozens of local businesses, including Frank’s Bakery, Bagel Central, Borders Books, BookMarc’s, Grasshopper Shop, Rebecca’s, R.H. Foster Mobil on the Run, and Leadbetters convenience stores, among others.
The new calendar marks the fifth time the Bangor firefighters have posed to raise money for the museum. The first four calendars raised close to $100,000, most of which went into repairing the building’s roof and doing renovations in the basement.
The fire station, Station 5 on State Street that houses the Hose 5 Fire Museum, “was built in 1897 and used for close to 100 years before the replacement fire station was built on the Hogan Road,” the museum Web site states. “Today, the former fire station is used as a fire museum. Admission is free.” The museum opened in 1994.
Firefighters will be at the Bangor Wal-Mart selling the calendars at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, and at the Brewer Wal-Mart Supercenter on Wednesday Nov. 12, times to be announced.
The calendar returned after a three-year hiatus because of public demand. Only 3,000 calendars are printed and are sold first come, first served, Snyder said.
“They’re selling really well,” he said. “They’re going fast.”