Lismore firey named Mr November
FIREFIGHTER Kerry Webster is known to battle blazes and soon he will be better known as ‘Mr November’.
The title is not an ego-driven alias – instead it’s for charity.
The Lismore resident is the only firey from the Northern Rivers to feature in the 2011 NSW firefighters’ calendar.
After working out in the gym with a mate who featured in the calendar a few years ago, Mr Webster decided to oil up and jump on board.
“The first time I saw it I thought ‘oh yeah, that looks pretty good’ and my mate told me it’s not photo-shopped,” he said.
“He said I should send in a photo, so I did.”
Getting your chiselled abs and sultry stares on the pages of the calendar, however, is not an easy feat.
Firefighters are required to send in a picture of themselves which, according to Mr Webster, is then judged by a panel of women while they drink champagne.
About 60 firefighters from across NSW applied and the calendar is the product of those who made the cut.
“There is a little bit of jealousy among the guys but a lot of blokes just say good job,” he said.
The firefighter moved from Sydney to Lismore four months ago for a ‘sea change’ and has been fighting fires for 14 years.
Gearing up for the calendar photo shoot it was ‘no carbs’ and intense workouts for Mr Webster.
“I work out anyway as part of the job but, about a month before [the calendar], I picked it up,” he said.
“You don’t look like that all the time.
“Sometimes, you get people who notice you from being in the calendar, especially up here.
“Some people get a bit shy when they buy them and they do the old, ‘oh it’s for my friend’ trick.”
Workout regimes and photo shoots aside, Mr Webster said when he saw the kids’ faces at the Westmead Hospital in Sydney last year when they handed over a $30,000 cheque, it was well worth it.
“The good thing about it is the money we raise for the children’s hospital and the burns unit there. It’s not so much about the calendar itself,” he said.
Last year, Mr Webster sold hundreds of calendars in Sydney and hopes to have the same response here.
“Sales were really good in Sydney but the response has been great up here, too,” he said.
“I hope to at least match the amount I sold last year.”
The firefighter will be selling the calendars – with his shirt on – at various shopping centres across the Northern Rivers.
But for those who can’t wait, the calendars can be purchased directly through Mr Webster by calling 0403 001 739.