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Fla. female firefighters model to help burn victims
Some female firefighters are using a unique way to raise money for their favorite charity. Josh Green explains how their using what they've got to get what other people need.
They are some of Tampa's bravest who suit up each day to protect and save people in their communities.
A lot of are mothers, they're married, they have lives.
At work they're some of Tampa's toughest women in uniform who are shedding their gear for photos that will eventually make their way around the world.
"We have people from Sweden and Switzerland who will order several hundred of them at a time."
Captain Luanna Baughman is one of the leaders for the America's female firefighters group. They've published these calendars for about a decade but at the heart of it is compassion.
"We raise money for burn centers, for burned children."
"I think that says a lot about Tampa and the women wanting to give back."
Sophia Cardenas is a firefighter paramedic and will be in next year's edition. This calendar is nationwide and so far there have been seven women from Tampa.
K-9 handler and firefighter paramedic Denise Youngblood, firefighter paramedic Christina Wwanson and Captain Baughman all spend time at the burn camps they're raising money for. Camps meant to heal the physical and emotional scars left behind by such a life changing force.
"It's amazing how big of a difference it makes for them, it gives them confidence I mean they look forward to it every year."
It's the reason these female firefighters spend weeks dieting. Then posing hours on end to get it right.
"I think they shot about two hundred pictures and they finally found one that was good for the calendar, I guess."
Denise Youngblood posed with her search and rescue dog Kasey for two hours.
"I respect every model out there now, it's a lot of work."
Posing with a purpose. An effort to change lives. Every month of the year.