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[December 22, 2013]

Fire Dept calendar hunks set Internet ablaze [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]

(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KUALA LUMPUR: A HOT new calendar featuring buff and fit firemen is setting the Internet ablaze.

The Fire and Rescue Department's 2014 calendar, which showcases firemen from the department, has gone viral on social media, with people sharing their photos on Facebook and Twitter.

The calendar was produced by the department recently to be distributed to its stations nationwide.

It depicts the men in a variety of poses with their equipment. Mr January, Sahamsol Miswan Sutarnois, for example, is seen holding a chainsaw. Mr February, Ahmad Johari Mat Isa, is in a wetsuit, ready to launch into a rescue dive.

Mr April, Haniff Abdul Aziz, is seen checking out a gas leak while Mr May, Roslee Sujud, is photographed flexing his muscles while handling a rotary saw. Mr July, Ahmad Nazri Ab Rahman, on the other hand, is shown carrying two large hoses.

All the men are bodybuilders.

Assistant Fire Superintendent Nor Azlinda Mohamad Ajlan told the New Sunday Times that the theme for the 2014 calendar was "Mr Wonderful".

"We wanted to portray our firemen as being physically fit and athletic." Nor Azlinda said the calendar was the brainchild of Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim.

"Fire Superintendent Norizan Saad, attached with the corporate communications department, made the initial selection for those to appear on the calendar and then the director-general made the final selection." She said the police and army were often more visible, compared with firemen, thus, the calendar could help turn the spotlight on them.

Fire Superintendent Hamizal Ainuddin of the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department said the calendars were something "out of the box".

"It's new and interesting and I think it's a good idea." Judging from the response online, the calendar has been a fiery success.

Aisha Rahman gave it the thumbs-up on Facebook, saying it would encourage youth to join the Fire and Rescue Department.

"The firemen look really glamorous." Twitter user Anim Idris said "Hensem2 abang bomba" (The firemen are handsome).

But while many were clamouring for the calendar, Nor Azlinda said they were not for sale.

"The calendars are for internal circulation," she said, adding copies were sent to all cabinet members, as well as the prime minister and deputy prime minister.

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