City fire trucks may have been used in porn films

Sep 23 2011 - 5:53am

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating allegations that two stations allowed department fire trucks to be used in porn shoots.

The adult film videos show a scantily clad actress exposing herself to passersby on Venice Beach.

At one point, she approaches a parked fire truck from Station 63 in Venice and exclaims, "Look at this fire truck! Isn't that nice?" before climbing onto a fire truck and exposing herself to the camera, according to Los Angeles' KNBC-TV, which first reported the story and posted clips from the video.

A truck from Station 41 in Hollywood was used in a separate film shoot.

Capt. Jaime Moore, a spokesman for the department, confirmed Thursday that the Professional Standards Division launched an investigation into the Venice porn shoot in April or May, and the allegations of a second shoot in Hollywood were uncovered during that investigation.

The investigation is trying to determine to what extent fire personnel had knowledge of the shoot and whether any firefighters participated, he said. No firefighters have been fired or placed on leave in relation to the incidents to date, he said.

The KNBC report alleged that firefighters helped to set up the shoot and actually appeared in the video watching the shoot. (The onlookers' faces were blurred out in the video posted). Moore said that is part of the investigation but could not confirm what involvement, if any, the firefighters had.

"They're trying to determine whether the firefighters really knew this was going to happen, did they participate, and why wasn't someone on the engine?" he said.

Personnel at the Venice and Hollywood fire stations reached by telephone declined to comment.

"It's not one of our proudest moments," Moore said. But he said the department's new chief, Brian Cummings, is "adamant that he's not going to tolerate this kind of stuff."

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