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Firefighters Heat Things Up At Jungle Island

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Wednesday may have been Administrative Professionals Day, a day where the boss recognize and appreciate all the hard work performed by their assistants, but at Jungle Island it was the administrative assistants who were doing the appreciating – of hard bodied firefighters.

The 19th annual Secretary Luncheon, which was held at the usually kid friend attraction, served up plates of ‘man candy’.

Dozens of local firemen peeled off the layers of their heavy uniform and bared their hard bodies in the name of charity.

GALLERY: FIREFIGHTERS HEAT THINGS UP AT JUNGLE ISLAND

Dozens of firemen compete to be in the calendar and make public appearances, with the 13 most popular picked to serve as the cover guy and 12 months of the year.

Traditionally there are two months featuring a firefighter and his children, and one month with a hunk in the “Over 40” category. The vast majority of months are taken by guys who compete in the “Open” category, dominated by single guys under 40.

The firemen do a series of public appearances at malls, nightclubs, sports and entertainment venues and festivals.

Every year the MVPs – the guys who sold the most calendars and showed the most leadership at events – are invited back the following year to appear on a bonus page.

Calendar proceeds benefit a number of local charities.

To date, the non-profit organization has raised over $240,000 to benefit charities such as the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Andrew Fund, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, Best Buddies and Cystic Fibrosis. It also benefits Neighbors 4 Neighbors, a non-profit organization founded by CBS4 connecting those in need with those who can help, www.Neighbors4Neighbors.org.

To order the 2014 calendar, visit their Web site.

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