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Baldwin Borough firefighters strip down for YouTube, fire safety

| Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

South Baldwin firefighters don't mind dancing in their undergarments in front of the camera - if it gets people to pay attention to fire safety.

"We'll do anything," said Lt. Chad Hurka, 24, president of South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company, which covers the southernmost portion of Baldwin Borough.

Some of the volunteers took off their jackets and performed choreographed dances during a video parodying South Korean rapper Psy's hit video "Gangnam Style," which they tied to Fire Prevention Month.

In the video released Wednesday night on YouTube , seven firefighters roll around in fake foam; dance on slides and swings in Colewood Park; and "dirty dance" on the side of a firetruck.

"Obviously, those techniques aren't real firefighting techniques," Hurka said. "We're not going to show up at your house dancing with a hose between our legs."

The video is an attempt to get the public's attention for a more serious message - fire safety in the home.Firefighters want to remind people to replace batteries in their smoke alarms, clean their chimneys and form an emergency safety plan, Hurka said.

The volunteers spent nearly a month planning and three days of filming the production, which is more than 4 minutes.

Friends helped choreograph and record the video, and the production didn't cost the fire company anything, Hurka said.

Oh, and when they spray each other down with foam? That's Dawn dish detergent, Hurka said.

The video also serves as a fundraiser for the fire company.

The guys of Baldwin's Station 104 will sell calendars for 2013, but the firefighters will be clothed.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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