BEING a hero is in his blood.
But the genetics of a calendar pin-up?
Caloundra firefighter Matt Keating is not quite so sure as he enters new territory as one of three Sunshine Coast firefighters to appear in the 2011 Firefighters Calendar.
The 25-year-old son of a Caloundra QFRS area director required some serious convincing before he became the service’s latest calendar model.
“There’s a lot of good things I have going for me in my life,” Matt said.
“And this was just one way I could give back to children who haven’t been so lucky.
“Besides, I got to hang out down at the beach for my shoot which is where I tend to be found when not at work anyway.”
Matt’s career path was set from the very beginning.
As a two-year-old, he would visit his father, Jeff, at his office at the Roma Street station in Brisbane.
The family legacy began with Jeff’s uncle and also continued with Jeff’s brothers.
“All I can really do is my best and hopefully one day, I will live up to the reputation set before me,” Matt said.
Calendar sales have raised more than $650,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital Burns Centre.
The 2011 calendar also includes 11 other firefighters from across Queensland (see our gallery).
It can be purchased at The Coffee Club stores, the Ekka, or at www.firefighterscalendar.com.au.
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