An unusual voice mail message that Wilton photographer Nina Pomeroy received led to what she calls “the best project of her career.” The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department had an idea to produce a satirical calendar with the help of local businesses to help raises funds for new boots.
The firefighters wanted to produce the calendar as part of their “Boots Matter” fundraising campaign to help the department afford expensive firefighters’ gear. Each pair of specialized boots worn by a firefighter costs $550. As a volunteer department with little municipal funding, the firefighters needed to figure out another way to try and raise the money to afford some of the equipment that keeps them safe and allows them to save property and lives in the communities they serve, including Redding, Wilton and Weston.
After meeting with the department’s financial secretary, Hal Gourad, Pomeroy jumped on board to help bring the firefighters’ ideas to life for a 13-month calendar. Over the course of two days, mini film scenes of humorous situations were set up by the department at local businesses that happily supported their efforts.
In one scene a firefighter carried a donut-eating police officer out of Uncle Leo’s Donut shop; in another a firefighter rescues “Cat Woman” from Georgetown’s Black Cat Grille restaurant; in a third, a firefighter is losing his shirt to a group of poker playing card-shark grannies. In fact, many of the shots involve shirtless–and sometimes even pant-less–firefighters.
The satirical take on the classic “beefcake firefighter” calendar was something that Pomeroy loved working on. And because the cause for which the department was raising money was so important, she was happy to donate her time and talent to the effort.
They put together an amusing video to illustrate how expensive some of their gear is and how little people know about just how high the cost is. One person estimated those $550 boots to cost $150; another thought a $7,000 thermal heat camera likely cost $750.
You can even see a “behind the scenes” video from the photo shoots Pomeroy did with the firefighters.
At this weekend’s Georgetown Day, Sunday, June 12, the Fire Department and Pomeroy will be at a booth where calendars will be for sale. In addition, a mini “photo booth” will be set up where you can have your photo taken with some of the “key” members from the calendar.
Calendars are now on sale at most Georgetown businesses and online. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go to the Georgetown Connecticut Volunteer Fire Department equipment.
Pomeroy has more than fifteen years of experience as a professional photographer and owner of Nina Pomeroy Photography LLC. She has been active in the Wilton/Ridgefield/Norwalk community donating her time and talent to worthy causes. Specializing in portraits of family and children, special events and architectural photography she strives to make everyone love their portraits. Her most recent project “My First Best Friend – the study of the special relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild,” is currently at it’s fourth installation now in Westport CT.