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Swedish firemen turn up the heat in Harlem Shake video 'shocker'

Swedish firemen turn up the heat in Harlem Shake video 'shocker'

Published: 18 Feb 2013 16:28 GMT+01:00

On Saturday, emergency service workers in Borås in western Sweden uploaded a short video clip on YouTube inspired by an internet theme featuring music from Harlem Shake, a song by US producer Baauer.

"We saw that a group of firefighters in the US made a Harlem Shake clip to raise money to fight cancer. We got inspired and hopped on the bandwagon," one of the firefighters told the local Borås Tidningen (BT) newspaper.

The Harlem Shake internet fad has spawned tens of thousands of 30-second video clips in just a matter of days, including YouTube hits featuring soldiers, students, professional athletes, and countless office workers who break into a visual orgy of writhing, dancing, and booty shaking.

The Borås firefighers' video, which has garnered over 50,000 view on YouTube, features a life-sized monkey mascot, some scuba gear, and several firefighters dressed only in their underwear.

But the spectacle, filmed at the local fire station, didn't sit well with operations leader Sven-Åke Josefsson, who found the video "shocking".

"I didn't react so much to the content. Rather, it was the fact that they had posted it from our workplace," he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

"It's not included in our work with values and media policy to post something from our workplace without discussing it with management. I had no idea about this."

Other Swedish Harlem Shake videos

The clip includes information about how to donate money to the Swedish firefighters' own cancer prevention fund, Röda Slangen ('The Red Hose'),and is part of firefighters' efforts to have cancer classified as a workplace injury.

"Our field is over-represented when it comes to cancer cases because we exposed to a number of toxins when we extinguish fires," one of the firefighters told BT.

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Your comments about this article

17:16 February 18, 2013 by icedearth
I am waiting to see The Local's Harlem Shake
17:27 February 18, 2013 by jmclewis
a bit homoerotic, but funny.....
01:40 February 19, 2013 by Eric1
jmclewis, I'm gay and believe me it doesn't do a thing for me (at least not sexually).
09:42 February 19, 2013 by JulieLou40
The boss should lighten up!
10:23 February 19, 2013 by ZenMonk
Just 2 months ago, it was Gagnam Style craze, now its Harlem Shake: are we all such morons...?
17:05 February 22, 2013 by Parade
Fire fighters have a difficult stressful job and see terrible things. While this is goofy and silly it's not degrading to them or the fire fighting profession IMO. Lighten up.
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