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Posing For A Good Cause

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighters Trevor Stanley and Kevin Best of Station 51 in Silverdale recently strutted their stuff for the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) Burn Foundation’s 2005 calendar.

Stanley posed for the month of July and Best is Mr. September.

For Stanley, who also is a paramedic, it was a family affair. He and his four brothers, Dennis, Chad, Travis and Tom — all firefighters — posed for the calendar with a little convincing on Trevor’s part.

“I knew it would be a way to get the calendar and foundation a lot of publicity if we had all five,” he said.

And it did. Recently the five brothers were featured on the television show Evening Magazine. Cameras followed all five throughout their calendar experience. Trevor says it was his brothers who convinced him to join the fire service and then one by one each took a career in firefighting. Dennis and Travis (Trevor’s twin) both work as firefighters in Seattle at different stations. Chad works for Fire District 7 in South Kitsap and Tom recently joined the Bremerton Fire Department.

Stanley has been with CKFR for more than eight years and says he likes firefighting because no two days are the same. The Stanley brothers were exposed to the fire service throughout their life. Their grandfather retired as the fire chief of South Kitsap in 1980. Their grandfather and step-mom also used to sell ambulances and fire engines and the brothers would help out with sales.

This wasn’t the first time Trevor was featured in the calendar. In 1999, he posed for the calendar with only two of his other brothers. He says he doesn’t mind the “pretty boy” comments from his peers because he knows it’s for a good cause.

This also marks the second time Best posed for the calendar. He was featured in last year’s calendar and decided to take off his shirt again this year.

“It’s a lot of fun to meet firefighters from all over,” Best said.

Best is a probationary firefighter and has been with CKFR for six months now and says he knew he wanted to be a firefighter since he was in elementary school.

“It’s awesome helping people and knowing there is a trust that the community has in us,” he said.

All proceeds from the sell of the calendars benefit the WSCFF Burn Foundation. The foundation provides research funds and 100 percent of the funds stay in Washington. To check out the calendar visit www.firefightercalendar.org. The 2005 calendar as well as past calendars can be purchased on the foundation’s Web site.

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