Hula-hoop video at LAFD station raises eyebrows


The video was posted last week. It shows a young woman hula-hoop dancing inside Fire Station 63. In the video, the woman is wearing an LAFD helmet, firefighting gear. One firefighter in the video gives the hula-hoop a spin.

Should L.A. city firefighters be involved in this kind of video? Reactions around town were mixed.

The video is part of a weekly video promotional campaign for a Venice-based fitness company called Hoopnotica.

"We're a local business. This is our fire house. They're literally just a couple blocks away, we pass them every day. We go to the pancake breakfast. We know these guys, and so for us it was stopping by and, 'Oh, we'd like to do a video here,'" said Gabriella Redding, Hoopnotica CEO.

The LAFD is taking a different view.

"I am aware of it. I have given it over to my professional standards division and it is currently under investigation," said L.A. Fire Dept. Chief Brian Cummings.

Fire House 63 was the subject of an LAFD investigation last year when it was revealed that a fire truck from the station was used in a pornography shoot. No one was disciplined in that case because that shoot took place in 2008, and there is a bylaw in place that does not allow city employees to be punished for an offense that happened more than two years ago.

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