Australian Firefighters Calendar
Photo Courtesy of the Australian Firefighters Calendar

Australian firefighter Brendan chatted with Raver Magazine’s Markos Papadatos about being a part of the 2022 Australian Firefighters Calendar, and its charitable causes.

Walt Disney once said “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” The Australian firefighters are some of those inspirational people and they have gathered together for the 2022 Australian Firefighters Calendar.

On being a part of this 2022 calendar, Brendan said, “My favorite part of being involved in the calendars is spending time with firefighters from all over the country, every year I get to meet like-minded people that share the same job I do. I have met some lifelong friends from being involved in the calendar.”

In the 2022 Australian Firefighters Calendar, Brendan is featured alongside “Halo” the dog. “Halo sat in my arms like that the entire time through the photoshoot. You never know what sort of dog you are going to have, you never know if the dogs that are chosen for the photoshoot are going to play ball. I was absolutely blessed to have that little champion,” he remarked.

Australian Firefighters Calendar
Photo Courtesy of Australian Firefighters Calendar

Regarding his daily motivations as an Australian firefighter, he said, “The motivation is easy when you love what you do. I am a Royal Australian Air Force firefighter, there is a lot of pressure for obvious reasons, it’s very dangerous at times.”

“Being part of a crack team is really rewarding,” he said. “There is the added pride of representing your country in times of trouble, I have been deployed to warzones and disasters. It’s a very rewarding position to be in when you get to help people when they most need it.”

The Australian Firefighters Calendar is big on philanthropic and charitable causes. It donates to the Australian Childrenʼs Hospital Foundation, the Childrenʼs Hospital at Westmead, the Sydney Childrenʼs Hospital Foundation burns units, the Starlight Childrenʼs Foundation, Mates For Mates, Royal Far West and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.
The Royal Children’s Hospital Burns Centre encompasses the Burns Research Group and is the largest pediatric burns center in Australasia. The center treats children from all over Queensland, Northern New South Wales, Victoria, and the Pacific Islands.
Last year alone, the Burns Unit treated more than 1600 new children with severe burn injuries and conducted follow-up assessments for hundreds of more children. Brendan opened up about why these philanthropic causes are important to him.

“I am an enormous animal lover. My favorite part of the calendar is supporting refuge organizations,” he said. “I love cats, I fell in love with a refuge cat called Sarah in my photoshoot from two years ago. I adopted her after the photoshoot, she is such an important part of my family.”

For young and aspiring firefighters, he said, “Be humble, you need to learn from the bottom up, be a team player all the time. Don’t be late for work.”

Brendan shared some of his proudest professional moments in his firefighting career. “Helping our citizens during disasters,” he said. “To be able to fly into a bushfire or flood and save people’s lives, and their pets is the most rewarding thing I will ever do. You can’t adequately describe the pride.”

On his definition of the word success, Brendan said, “My family, my baby girl, my beautiful partner, a loving family, that’s success. Nothing is as important to me as my family being proud of me.”

Brendan concluded about the 2022 Australian Firefighters Calendar, “Every firefighter loves coming together every year to make the calendar, we hope that fans love it as much as we love making for them.”

For more information on the 2022 Australian Firefighters Calendar, check out its official Facebook page and its official website. Also, one can follow them on Instagram.