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New York’s buffest grace FDNY calendar

Rock hard abs at Hard Rock Cafe

July 30, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
February Firefighter Al Coombs poses on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for the FDNY 2016 Calendar of Heroes. Photo courtesy of FDNY

These boys were on fire!

On Wednesday, the 13 brawny hunks who posed for the official FDNY 2016 Calendar of Heroes autographed copies for swooning fans at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.

Jamah Figaro, this year’s coverdude, gamely posed with admirers in front of the FDNY 150th Anniversary Fire Truck.

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At the signing, the men were modest about their shirtless adventure, which is all for a good cause.

“The project raises money for the FDNY Foundation’s fire safety programs and for education as well,” said Firefighter Al Coombs, who works out of Engine Company 224 on Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights.

In the calendar, Coombs poses shirtless on the snow-covered Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Rather than calling himself Mr. February, however, Coombs signs his photo as “Mr. Valentine.”

“Fires are at their lowest levels now in history,” Coombs said, managing to stay on point while being celebrated for having one of the hottest bods in the FDNY. “And on the 150th anniversary of FDNY, what better time to partake in a project like this?” he added.

Coombs (who’s single, folks) works out every day to maintain those perfect pecs.


“These muscles are functional,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. “I want to maximize my potential. It’s necessary to be in good shape for this job.”

Another Brooklyn heartthrob, Firefighter Philip Manti, works with Engine Company 246 in Brighton Beach. He posed topless (except for his roguishly off-the-shoulder red suspenders) in front of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as 2016’s Mr. August.

 Manti (who’s also single!) says he was happy to model for the calendar because the money “raises awareness of fire prevention throughout the city, and raises money for more training for us.”

July Firefighter Jose Cordero shows what he’s got in front of the Wonder Wheel. Photo courtesy of FDNY

Jose Cordero – Mr. July — who works with Engine 257 in Carnarsie strutted his stuff in front of the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island.

“It’s a great cause,” he told the Eagle. “It raises a lot of money to create awareness and promote fire safety education for the public, especially children and seniors.”

This is the fourth time Cordero (and yes, he’s single) has posed for the calendar.

“The first time I tried it out because I lost a bet. And I made it,” he said. “I met so many great people and the money that was raised was a great feeling. So I said I’ll give it a shot.”

Cordero not only works out, he owns a gym in Bay Ridge called “Bad Ass Academy.”

“I teach there three days a week. And I’m blessed to have a great home in my firehouse and I work out there when I can. I train every day and I try to eat right. “

His message for the women of Brooklyn who might want to buy the calendar?

“Do it! It’s for an amazing cause.”

The calendar is now on sale at www.FDNYShop.com

The buffest firefighters in New York take the time to autograph this year’s FDNY 2016 Calendar of Heroes. Photo by Mary Frost

Brooklyn firefighters Al Coombs, left, and Philip Manti. Photo by Mary Frost

Firefighter Jamah Figaro with this year’s cover. Photo by Mary Frost

Firefighter Jose Cordero sizzles as Mr. July. Photo by Mary Frost

Firefighter Kismartovi Meija gets the thumbs up from a reporter. Photo by Mary Frost


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