Hatzic secondary grad Katrina Davison is the first woman in Greater Vancouver Firefighters’ Hall of Flame calendar

Hatzic secondary grad first woman in firefighters’ calendar

Katrina Davison is 'people's choice' for annual firefighters' fundraiser.

The Greater Vancouver Firefighters’ Hall of Flame calendar is known for its tanned, shirtless and muscular bodies.

The upcoming 2015 calendar is no different, with one exception: Hatzic secondary grad Katrina Davison is the first person to ever don a bathing suit top for her photo.

Davison, 33, is the first female firefighter to appear in the long-running calendar. In the selection process to choose which of the 600-plus firefighters would star in this year’s calendar, Davison garnered the most votes and won the People’s Choice title.

Despite some nerves, Davison – who grew up in Mission and graduated from Hatzic in 1999 – said she has been happy with the response.

“Everyone has been really supportive,” she told The Record. “It’s still a little overwhelming but I’m proud to be in it, to be the first female firefighter to break the barrier.”

To have a woman in the calendar, Davison said, “is now an accurate description of our department.”

Funds from the calendar go to a range of charities. Each firefighter also raises money online (at vancouverfirefighters.ca/Hall_of_Flame_Calendar) for a charity of his or her choice. Davison, who played various sports growing up, chose KidSport.

The calendar will be on sale in London Drugs outlets.