North American firefighters unite to ignite change around the world

    Canadian and American firefighters help those in need at home and across
    the world

    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Firefighters Without Borders (FWB) and will utilize their skills and knowledge and flex a little muscle
to make communities and people around the world safer when it comes to fire
safety skills. To help raise money and profile for FWB, launched
its International Firefighter Calendar 2008 and is hosting events in LA and
Toronto and other cities to beef up FWB's profile.
    "Basically, our decision to sponsor one child gave hope and a future to a
city of 170,000," said District Chief Alan Hills and the firefighters of
Station 114 in Mississauga, Ontario. "My fellow firefighters and I paired with
World Vision Canada to create Firefighters Without Borders after hearing about
devastating fires in Ventanilla, Peru. The poverty-stricken area was without
running water and a trained, well-resourced fire department and the men
realized immediately they had the power to change that." was created by female firefighter, Shelli Varela, to help
support and fund the work of FWB, a non-profit organization.
    "This is the first annual FireHunks calendar and currently the only
International Firefighter Calendar featuring firefighters from across North
America," said Shelli Varela. "This project has given me the privilege to work
alongside the firefighters who give so generously of their own time and often
dig into their own pockets to make a difference in the lives of others. Their
contribution is saving lives."
    The 2008 FireHunks International Firefighter Calendar tour begins in Los
Angeles, with the Toronto launch party happening Friday, October 12, at This
Is London nightclub at 364 Richmond Street West. Firefighters will be on hand
at the events to sign calendars and mingle with guests. The calendar costs
$19.99 (plus taxes and shipping) and can be purchased online at and at the October 12 launch. All proceeds, after costs are
met, will be donated to FWB.
    Tickets to the Toronto launch party are available online at and will cost $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door or
can also be purchased at

    About FWB

    The inspiration for FWB began with Kevin Bailey, a young firefighter with
Station 114 and a volunteer with World Vision Canada, who along with his crew
decided to sponsor a child to commemorate the victims of the World Trade
Center disaster of September 11, 2001. In a bizarre twist of fate, a tragic
accident took Kevin's life. Consequently, his crew contacted World Vision
Canada, and in the honour of his memory, FWB was born.
    The mission of FWB is "To protect life, property, and the environment in
communities around the world by providing professional training, education,
resources, and support". Alan Hills and his crew changed the future for
Ventanilla by supplying equipment and providing skills training to the city's
volunteer fire department. In this destitute region, they identified and
addressed the most basic need of all: strong public education and fire
prevention programs. FWB plans to return to the area in 2008 to continue the
next phase of the project.
    For more information on Firefighters Without Borders visit

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For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Pereina Choudhury, or Laura Hyde,, Mansfield
Communications Inc., Tel: (416) 599-0024

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