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LA firehouse "burlesque video" under investigation

A Venice-based fitness company has released a fitness promotional video shot inside the station

By FireRescue1 Staff

LOS ANGELES — An L.A. fire station is under investigation after a "racy" video was shot inside its firehouse.

A video was uploaded to YouTube last week showing a woman in a black leotard, short shorts and high heels hula-hooping in Venice Fire Station 63.

She is also wearing what appears to be department overalls and a helmet. The helmet lacks any L.A. logos, but has black tape covering where it would be. A number 63 can be seen on the side of an apparatus in the background.

The video, called "Firehouse Burlesque Hula Hooping" is an advertisement for Venice-based fitness company Hoopnotica, according to NBC LA.

Lauren Brand, spokeswoman for Hoopnotica, said that the video had been shot in the last 30 days at the station, which is just a couple blocks from the Hoopnotica headquarters.

The women in the video are part of Hoopnotica's street promotional team.

"We were walking around the neighborhood. The girls saw the door of the station open and walked in," Brand told the television station.

Brand alleges they asked firefighters inside if they could shoot a "hooping" video to which they agreed. She confirmed that firefighters appeared in the video and were wearing city-issued gear.

LAFD spokesman Jaime Moore said he has not seen the video but an internal investigation has been launched.

Station 63 was embroiled in another investigation last year after it was discovered that it allowed an adult movie to be shot using two of its trucks.

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