Looking At These Hot French Firefighters Can Actually Help Save The World

Photo: Courtesy of Fred Goudon.
For 25 years, a group of French firefighters has been at the ready to respond to alarms around the world.

Pompiers Sans Frontières, which translates to Firefighters Without Borders, has dispatched its members to dangerous disaster zones in 33 countries over the past few decades. Its humanitarian and conflict-response efforts even included sending members to help in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks here in the United States.

With 2016 approaching, the nonprofit organization has a new, eye-catching approach to raising awareness — and money — to support its work. A handful of its firemen agreed to bare (almost) all for a 2016 charity calendar.

Proceeds from the calendar, produced in partnership with a French publishing house and professional photographer Fred Goudon, support the NGO's missions around the world. About 6,000 to 7,000 copies have been sold so far, bringing about 8,000 euro (the equivalent of US$8,815) into the group's coffers, Ingrid Meucci, a spokeswoman for the group, told Refinery29.

The sales are already having a big impact: The influx of cash helped Pompiers Sans Frontières to send an entire team and fire truck to help local firefighters in Lebanon.

Pompiers Sans Frontières couldn't be more pleased with the response.

"I guess we can say that our calendar 'set on fire' people all around the world!" Meucci wrote in an email. "And we hope it will continue :D."

The calendar can be purchased at this link. Click through to see some of the calendar's best shots and learn more about the group's work.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fred Goudon.
The calendar was the brainchild of French publishing house Flammarion and photographer Fred Goudon, spokeswoman Ingrid Meucci said. "For us, it was a big opportunity, so we said, 'Yes, of course!'" she said.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fred Goudon.
In addition to responding to environmental disasters, conflict zones, and other humanitarian crises, the NGO works on prevention and risk-reduction efforts around the world. That work includes trainings and infrastructure development for local disaster-response teams.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fred Goudon.
None of the firefighters had worked as models before, so the three-day photo shoot was a totally new experience. Though some were shy about the exposure — and amount of skin they were asked to show — Goudon was a pro at making them feel comfortable in front of the camera. "He spent time talking to them and [making] them feel trusting," Meucci explained.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fred Goudon.
Advertised as "17 pages of sweaty muscles," the calendar's shots are meant to showcase firefighters going about their daily activities. The barracks and the NGO's headquarters in Aix-en-Provence served as a backdrop. The group made behind-the-scenes videos of the three-day photo shoot and posted them on YouTube.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fred Goudon.
Meucci said she hopes the calendar will educate people in America and around the world about the organization's important work. "I want them to know we need their help, through the calendar, to do more and fund our future mission," she wrote. "And of course, we want them to enjoy and have fun with the calendar ;-)."
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