Fire Station "Burlesque Video" Under Investigation

An LA city fire station that was the subject of a porn shoot is again under investigation for another racy video

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    The same Venice fire station embroiled in porn controversy last year when the NBC I-Team exposed it for allowing one of its fire trucks to be used in a video shoot is under investigation again, this time for a racy video that was apparently shot inside the station. Joel Grover reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2012.

    The same Venice fire station embroiled in porn controversy last year when the NBC I-Team exposed it for allowing one of its fire trucks to be used in a video shoot is under investigation again, this time for a racy video that was apparently shot inside the station.

    A video that was uploaded to YouTube last week features a woman in short shorts and red high heels dancing around a pole with a Hula Hoop in the Venice Fire Station 63.

    The woman in the video can be seen wearing what appears to be fire department overalls and a yellow helmet. The helmet does not have an L.A. city insignia, but instead what appears to be black tape with no visible L.A. city markings.

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    Lauren Brand, spokeswoman for Hoopnotica, says her company "never thought in a million years" that the firefighters at Station 63 would get in trouble for allowing them to record a video of a woman hula hooping there. Still, the LAFD's Professional Standards Division has launched an investigation into the video, which features a woman in jean shorts and fire helmet. Kim Baldonado reports from Venice for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2012.

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    Viewers can see the number "63" on the side of a fire truck in the background.

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    Contrary to an earlier assertion by the fire chief and the mayor, no firefighters will be disciplined for allowing two of their engines to be used in porn movies, NBC4 has learned.

    The 1:22 minute video called “Firehouse Burlesque Hula Hooping,” is an ad for Hoopnotica, a workout program, based in Venice.

    At one point during what appears to be a firefighter slightly blurred wearing a fire department baseball cap and blue shirt jokingly dancing with the Hula Hoop.

    Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jaime Moore, who said he hadn’t seen the clip, said the department has launched an internal affairs investigation into the video.

    Lauren Brand, a spokeswoman for Hoopnotica, said the video was shot within the last 30 days at the Venice fire station, which is a couple of blocks from the Hoopnotica headquarters.

    Brand said the women in the video are part of Hoopnotica’s “street team,” who go out to promote “hooping” for physical fitness.

    “We were walking around the neighborhood,” Brand said. “The girls saw the door of the station open and walked in.”

    They asked firefighters if they could shoot a “hooping video” in there and the firefighters agreed, Brand said.

    “It was totally spur of the moment,” she said. “It was all lighthearted fun. I hope we didn’t get anyone in trouble. It was just clean, American fun.”

    She confirmed that there were firefighters in the video and the uniforms were city issued.

    NBC4 broke the news of an earlier investigation at the station that said several firefighters allegedly allowed porn producers to use their fire engines in two adult movies for a video in 2008.

    In April, NBC4 LA revealed how two LA traffic cops from the LA Department of Transportation appeared in a porn movie.

    In the Fire Department case, nobody was disciplined because the department’s 2-year statute of limitations in such cases had expired.

    In the DOT case, one officer was fired and another disciplined as a result of the city investigation. Parking Enforcement Chief Jimmy Price retired two years ahead of schedule.

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