Calgary firefighters successfully break Guinness World Record

17 August 2016

Calgary -

The Canadian Cancer Society is excited to announce that the Calgary Fire Department successfully broke the Guinness World Record for most heads shaved simultaneously, while raising more than $140,000 to fight back against cancer and raise awareness of workplace carcinogens.

The Calgary Fire Department’s Record-Breaking Head Shave was held on March 12, 2016, and saw 329 firefighters and cancer fighters of all types and ages shave their heads at the exact same time. The Guinness Book of World Records has now confirmed that this was a successful attempt. The Calgary Fire Department and friends broke the old world record by more than 60 people.

“We are so please to call the Calgary Fire Department partners in the fight for life,” says Dan Holinda, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. “CFD showed unbelievable determination and passion for the cause as they rallied the community to break this world record and, more importantly, raise more than three times their fundraising goal to fight back against cancer.”

Calgary Fire Department’s Record-Breaking Head Shave by the numbers:
  • 329 firefighters and cancer fighters of all types and ages had their heads shaved.
  • 289 people signed up to volunteer to shave heads, register participants, clean up after the head shave, and more. 
  • Team FPB was the top-fundraising team, raising more than $14,500.
  • Tom Shindruk, Society volunteer board member, was the top-fundraising individual, raising more than $6,400.
  • Nine volunteer photographers and four video cameras captured all of the necessary visual proof required by the Guinness Book of World Records in order to confirm the world record.
  • More than $140,000 was raised in support of the life-saving work of the Canadian Cancer Society (more than three times the original event goal of $40,000).
The previous world record for most heads shaved simultaneously sat at 267 people and was set by police officers in Peterborough, ON, in May 2015.

Check out some photos from the Calgary Fire Department’s Record-Breaking Head Shave.

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