THE fashion police will be on duty when operation catwalk swings into action next week.
Gardai, fire fighters and paramedics will swap their uniforms and strike a pose in this season's styles at the Emergency Services Fashion Show, coordinated by Glamour The Agency.
Running into a burning a building is all in a day's work for members of Limerick City Fire Service, but the fire fighters admit they are daunted by the prospect of strutting their stuff on the catwalk, even if it is in aid of two local charities.
Modelling in front of his colleagues will be an act of bravery, according to fire fighter, Colm McCarthy. "I think personally for me running into a burning building is pretty easy but this is going to be pretty hard on the night," he told the Limerick Leader, at the launch of the event at Limerick Fire Station this week.
"I wouldn't say we're confident. It's a bit of fun and it's for a good cause so we don't mind doing that at any time."
The campaign was entitled "Smoking to Smokin' ", and so the catwalk will be on fire when the fire fighters sum up the courage to model the hottest trends from Limerick shops and boutiques on Friday night.
Garda Tony Miniter is not concerned about the modelling experience garnered by his colleagues in the fire service. Gardai are on the beat every day and that's all the experience they will need, according to Garda Miniter who had no difficulty signing up volunteers to take part in the event.
"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. They are looking forward to it."
However, on this occasion, Garda Miniter admitted that he is a victim of fashion. "My marathon season hasn't started so we'll let far better looking and younger men than me do the modelling," he laughed. "Too many Christmas puddings."
Fiona Doyle of Glamour The Agency said "there is definite potential" among members of the emergency services who will take to the stage at The Strand Hotel. She said her own models are looking forward to the event. "They were pretty excited about taking part. I wasn't short of volunteers," she smiled.
As well as raising money for charity, the event is an opportunity for gardai, fire fighters and paramedics to socialise.
The Emergency Services Fashion Show takes place at the Strand Hotel on February 18 next. "I think we meet each other so regularly at calls, be it at road traffic accidents or house fires, that it is great to meet them out socially as well where you can bond a bit better and make good friends, and that's what we have done down through the years," said Mr McCarthy.
The fashion show takes place in The Strand Hotel on Friday, February 18, and will feature the latest trends from Gretta Gibbs, Virginia's, Bella Sola, Seduzca, Ivory Closet, Isobel, The K Boutique, Marion Murphy Cooney, Caroline Mitchell, Pamela Scott, Jack and Jones, Timberland, Halo, Penney's, and Tommy Hilfiger.
The launch of the Emergency Services Fashion Show which takes place at the Strand Hotel on February 18