VENICE, Calif. (KTLA) — It’s called “Firehouse Burlesque,” and now the racy video that shows a young woman hula-hoop dancing inside an L.A. firehouse is sparking controversy.
The video shows a woman in high heels and shorts performing with her hula hoop for L.A. City firefighters inside Fire Station 63 in Venice.
It was published last week on YouTube by Hoopnotica, a Venice-based company that promotes the use of hula hoops for physical fitness.
The original title was “Firehouse Burlesque Hula Hooping (LAFD 63),” but by midmorning the “(LAFD 63)” had been removed.
The video begins by showing a woman’s bare legs in turnout pants as she pulls them up.
Wearing a yellow firefighter helmet, shorts and red high heels, the woman dances with the hoop on the apparatus floor next to a fire engine.
At one point, a firefighter is seen prancing around with a hula hoop as two other firefighters watch.
“It’s not uncommon for us to just stop in and say hello,” Hoopnotica spokeswoman Lauren Brand said.
“On this particular day, we happened to have a camera and some hula hoops. We asked them if we could take some photos and video and they didn’t mind,” she explained.
Brand said she was not aware that Station 63 had been in hot water last year for a porn shoot.
The LAFD launched an investigation after Station 63 and another firehouse allowed department fire engines to be used in porn shoots.
In one video, released in 2008, an actress climbed onto a fire engine at Venice Beach and exposed herself.
The firefighters involved in the porn shoots weren’t disciplined because the City Charter prevented the LAFD from punishing employees for actions more than two years in the past.
“Had we known, we may have chosen a different fire station,” Brand said, laughing. “But we feel bad that they’re coming under fire.”
L.A. city officials made their feelings clear to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s top brass about the hooping inside Station 63.
“It’s a situation that falls under your leadership,” Councilman Dennis Zine told LAFD Chief Brian Cummings.
“Somehow those folks need to understand that they’re professional firefighters and what’s happened on the video is not acceptable,” Zine said.
Cummings himself was drawn into the controversy after the porn videos surfaced last year, when he acknowledged posing for racy photos back when he was a captain at the Venice firehouse.
Cummings said last year that he and the rest of his fire crew were photographed with a bikini-clad woman on the Venice boardwalk 13 years earlier.
The chief said the firefighters also took a picture of the woman posing topless.
Cummings said he violated rules about not bringing dishonor to the LAFD and gave himself community service as punishment, which he said would set an example for the rest of his department.
While no one is talking at Station 63 is talking about the latest scandal, an LAFD spokesman did address the matter.
“I just want people to understand that this is being looked into more than anything else,” said Batt. Chief Armando Hogan.
“After our professional standards division takes a look at it, and at that point in time we’ll make a determination on the information that we can divulge,” he said.