Firefighter caught parking in 'no parking zone'

Posted at 5:31 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 08:31:17-05

A 10News viewer is upset after catching a firefighter parking his department vehicle in a no parking zone during a non-emergency.

The viewer told 10News, "This to me is an abuse of privilege. They should be an example to the public, to the community, not abuse the privilege that they have."

The man works along Spectrum Center Blvd. in Kearny Mesa and walks the area every day. He said this incident is the second time he's a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department vehicle parked illegally in the last month.

In December, he gave 10News photos of a fire inspector repeatedly parking in a red zone during non-emergencies. 10News then spoke to fire officials, who said they would talk to the fire inspector. The issue was seemingly resolved.

For this latest parking incident, 10News visited the area and saw the no parking sign.

One woman who works nearby told 10News she sees the same thing all of the time.

"It's admin vehicles; it's the supervisors and the chief and the captains," she said.

She said parking in the area is a nightmare, but she feels firefighters should be able to park there.

"As far as it having a fire logo on it and a guy in uniform is [getting] in and out of it, I don't have any problem with it," the woman said.

As of early Wednesday evening, fire officials have not commented on this latest incident.