California’s San Jose fire department released the results of a much-anticipated investigation into last fall’s spicy revelation that a scantily-clad woman from the city’s “only all-nude strip club” had exited one of the department’s fire trucks, all captured in a viral video.
While speculations and rumors ran amok about why the woman was in the vehicle in the first place and what transpired while she was a passenger, the city’s findings suggest the first responders had simply given up telling the woman “no” about getting a one-block joyride and dropped her off almost as soon as they picked her up.
Whatever the case, the video probably inspired a whole new generation of young men to become firefighters.
“The investigation revealed that the “unauthorized female” climbed into the truck and requested a ride-along. A letter penned by SJFD Chief Robert Sapien Jr. said the firefighters originally declined but drove her around the block after she persisted,” reported San Jose’s KRON 4.
Sharing the results of its months-long investigation, the department released a statement as to its conclusions. It now considers the case closed.
“The use of a City vehicle to transport unauthorized passengers violated City and Fire Department policies, including the City’s Code of Ethics and Use of City and Personal Vehicles policies as well as the Fire Department’s Ride-Along Program,” a statement released said. “Additionally, taking the fire engine outside of the area to which it is assigned without being dispatched to a call for service violated City and Department policies, including the Fire Department’s Policies and Procedures for Leaving First-In Response Area.”
For those that never saw it – or want to watch it again – here is the viral video of the supposed stripper disembarking.
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The video was posted with the caption “Only in San Jose do you see a stripper come out of a firetruck.” San Francisco is probably saying “Hold my beer” while a drugged-out homeless man stumbles out of a squad car.
At the time of the incident – at a place named The Pink Poodle – San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told KRON 4 through a written statement that “If the investigation concludes that this video is as bad as it looks, then heads must roll. We cannot have a life-critical emergency rescue apparatus relegated to a frat party bus, nor tolerate any conduct that so demeans the heroic work of the rest of our SJFD team. I trust that [Fire] Chief Robert Sapien, as one of our nation’s finest fire chiefs, will respond accordingly.”
“San Jose Fire Department is committed to serving the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. It is the goal of the department to serve the community with courtesy and service. As such, it takes all feedback regarding the conduct of its employees seriously,” the statement reads. “If findings of an internal investigation reveal inappropriate behavior of any Department members, appropriate steps will be taken to address the matter. The City of San Jose Code of Ethics policy guides the conduct of all City employees. All City of San Jose employees are expected to adhere to the Code of Ethics Policy they have agreed to as a condition of their employment.”
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