By Tamiko McKinney
Newman University junior Bree Pashman made her debut in the 2013 Kansas Firefighters Calendar. The calendar, which was released Oct. 12, showcases Pahsman in the month of November.
The Kansas Firefighter Calendar contest is open to every firefighter in the state. Pashman is a member of the Wichita Sedgwick County Fire Reserves and decided to try out for the calendar for fun. About 20 applicants competed in a talent and modeling contest in July.
For her talent, Pashman completed a rubix cube in less than two minutes. The contest winners were announced on the radio a week later.
“I was asleep when they announced it, but I was very excited when I found out I made it,” Pashman said.
Since 2011, the Kansas Firefighters have made and sold calendars as part of their fundraising campaign for Coats for Kids across Kansas. The funds from calendar sales are used to purchase coats, hats, scarves and gloves that they then distribute to kids in need.
Pashman became attracted to firefighting last November when she visited a friend at a fire station working on Thanksgiving. What she thought would be a brief visit turned into a four hour stay.
“I just fell in love with it,” Pashman said.
She began a 12-week training in January and completed her firefighting tests in April. Pashman enjoys the variety of opportunities firefighting offers.
“It’s not a typical job,” Pashman said. “One single day isn’t the same as the next. I also get to serve the community and that is very rewarding.”
To see pictures from Pashman’s photo shoot, check out the Kansas Firefighter Calendar page on Facebook. The 2013 calendars cost $15 and can be purchased at www.kansasfirefightercalendar.com.