Los Angeles Fire Department investigates filming of hula hoop video at Venice station
Video produced by Hoopnotica
Last Updated: 373 days ago
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Brian Cummings said the department was investigating firefighters' involvement in a video allegedly shot at Fire Station 63 in Venice that shows a young woman hula-hooping and dancing in shorts and high heels in front of a fire truck and near a fire pole.
The woman also donned a pair of fireman's boots and helmet at various points in the video. Several firefighters appear in the film, including one holding a hula hoop.
Cummings said he referred the video to the department's Professional Standard's Division for investigation.
"We're going to have a thorough investigation. We'll get all the facts out, and then once we get that, we'll adjudicate it accordingly," Cummings said.
The video was produced by a Venice-based company called Hoopnotica that sells hula hoops and other gear and markets hooping classes.
A caption below the company's YouTube video stated, "Hooping with our Hometown Heroes, our local Firemen! Hooping is the fun, playful way to get moving and burn up to 400-600 calories per hour (according to the American Council on Exercise). Pick up a Hoop today to burn fat, have fun, and sculpt a waistline hot enough to set off fire alarms. Get out and Play!"
In 2011, a video that had been shot earlier with members of the same fire station in Venice surfaced showing a woman taking her top off while standing on and near a fire engine at Venice Beach.
Last October, Cummings admitted taking part in a photo shoot with a bikini-clad woman on a department fire truck at the same Venice station 14 years ago.
"I apologize to the residents of Los Angeles, Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa and the brave men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department for this incident," Cummings said last year. He called his part in the photo shoot "irresponsible and inappropriate" and said he came forward with the picture for accountability.
"To be able to use my personal experience of what happened to me to be able to help my young firefighters, to keep them from making the same type of mistake is invaluable," Cummings said last October.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the young woman in the hula-hooping video, Delila Santos, 21, called the most recent video "totally harmless."
"We were just having fun hooping," Santos told The Times.
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