Emergency services join forces for Limerick fashion show

LIMERICK paramedics are going to throw cold water over the notion that fire fighters are hot stuff, when they strut their stuff on the catwalk at the Emergency Services Fashion Show at the Strand Hotel on Friday night.

LIMERICK paramedics are going to throw cold water over the notion that fire fighters are hot stuff, when they strut their stuff on the catwalk at the Emergency Services Fashion Show at the Strand Hotel on Friday night.

“We have a number of paramedics who are quite good looking who will show up the fire service,” said organiser Donna Mullane, a paramedic with Limerick Ambulance Service.

The event, which is coordinated by Glamour The Agency, will see 41 members of Limerick Ambulance Service, Limerick City Fire Service and An Garda Siochana, modelling the hottest trends from boutiques across Limerick.

The rivalry will be intense on the night as to who will win bragging rights to call themselves the most attractive service, but Ms Mullane has confidence in her colleagues’ abilities to strike a pose. She had no trouble encouraging her male colleagues in particular to take part. “A few of the girls were more hesitant than the guys, the guys would like the opportunity to be out there I think, a bit like the fire service,” she laughed.

Ms Mullane has even coaxed her husband Keith, also a paramedic, to take part on the night. “They’re trying to rope me in but they’ve very little chance of succeeding. I’m not built for modelling,” he laughed, “I’d rather they put me on the door collecting money than send me down the catwalk.”

The emergency services have chosen two charities - St Gabriel’s school and centre, and Special Olympics - to benefit from the proceeds of the fashion show. A number of gardai are going to the Games in Athens and “if they raise €3,000 they can give the opportunity to two special needs children to accompany them on the trip,” Ms Mullane explained.

The fashion show also affords members of the emergency service a chance to meet for a social occasion, and Ms Mullane, who has been organising the show with Garda Luke Fleming since October, is looking forward to it.

“It is a great opportunity for all of us to come together and be part of this event, especially since we usually meet them under tragic circumstances,” Ms Mullane said. “So it is nice to have a social event together, and get to know our colleagues across all the services better.”

Meanwhile, Garda Tony Miniter said his colleagues are fit and ready for duty at the fashion show.

“It was far too easy to get them to strut their stuff, they do an awful lot of walking around the city streets so they are slim and trim and ready for this.”

“My marathon season hasn’t started so we’ll let far better looking and younger men than me do the modelling,” said Garda Miniter, a fashion victim on this occasion.