Burning hot: Grand Fire’s Schelly Olson shows off toned body in 2019 firefighter calendar
A familiar face can be found in the latest installment of Colorado’s Firefighter Calendar as a buff Schelly Olson, assistant chief of Grand Fire, graces the glossy pages for the month of September.
The calendar, which is now available for purchase, features the toned and fit physiques of firefighters; it’s a common site across the nation and Colorado is no exception. Colorado Firefighter Calendar, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, puts out the calendar every year featuring firefighters from across the state who are selected through a winnowing process that begins with photo submissions and ends with the selection of a varying number of candidates who serve as models for the popular calendar.
Olson said she decided to try out for the 2019 calendar because it would give her the opportunity to work with burn survivors and other children who receive treatment from Children’s Hospital. She specifically highlighted the story of Trinity Larson, a Granby girl who, at the age of 12, was significantly burned in a bonfire accident in April 2017.
“It was our department that responded to that incident,” Olson said. “She is now a burn ambassador for Children’s (Hospital). I knew I would get to work with her and her family and have that local connection. I really wanted to join the cause.”
Olson and other firefighters from the 2019 calendar spent Sunday at the Children’s Hospital Burn Camp in Estes Park listening to inspirational speakers, meeting burn survivors and enjoying a day of fun with the children who attend the camps.
It was an honor to be selected, Olson said, as one of the featured firefighters for the 2019 calendar “especially since most of them are in their 20s and 30s.”
The 48-year-old mother of two began preparing for the calendar’s tryouts last September. She hired a personal trainer who helped her develop a specific workout and dietary plan. She spent the next nine months working out five days a week, which included weight circuit training and various cardio exercises along with lower key activities such as hiking.
Olson and the other prospective calendar models were selected after a tryout fundraising event held in May where firefighters trying out for the calendar participate in a catwalk event showing of their physiques. The board of the Colorado Firefighter Calendar selected the finalists shortly after. The photo shoots for the calendar were held in early June, held at Denver International Airport, at Union Station and at the one of Boulder Fire’s facilities. Photographers also conducted photo shoots in Grand County at Grand Fire’s station in Granby and some wildland shots taken at Olson’s home near Grand Lake.
Funds raised by the calendar go to support the Colorado Children’s Hospital Burn Center and its Burn Camps program. The calendars sell for $20 each.
The firefighters that pose for the calendar also help raise funds by attending a number of other special events throughout the year such as the Denver Fire Department’s annual chili cook-off and several Children’s Hospital events including the recent Courage Classic cycling event held in Summit County.
The Grand Fire Protection District, which is based in Granby, is quite familiar with the Colorado Firefighter Calendar as Olson marks the third member of the department to be featured in the calendar since 2015.
You can find out more about the annual calendar and the organization behind it by visiting http://www.cofirefightercalendar.org. Calendars can be purchased by contacting Schelly Olson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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