San Jose investigators have officially completed their probe into a bikini-clad stripper hopping out of a firetruck in front of the Pink Poodle strip club that went viral back in October but they are not commenting on whether anyone involved will actually be disciplined.
(Video Credit: NBC Bay Area)
The footage shocked residents as it showed the woman in high heels and not much else climbing down from the truck and then walking casually back into the club. The Pink Poodle is San Jose’s oldest strip club and specializes in totally nude entertainment.
“If the investigation concludes that this video is as bad as it looks, then heads must roll,” then-Mayor Sam Liccardo vowed in a statement. “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.”
On Tuesday the city confirmed that the inquiry had been concluded by the fire department, KRON4 reported. Bizarrely, they did not state who would face punishment over the incident.
“The investigation has been concluded. We are in the process of taking appropriate action based on what was discovered during the course of the investigation and will provide more information as it is appropriate to do so,” the city said in its own statement.
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Mayor Matt Mahan laid the responsibility for action back on Fire Chief Robert Sapien, stating that he expected him to act on the findings.
“Like all of our residents, I was shocked when I saw the video, and have to believe the investigation will show conduct well below the high standard the women and men of San Jose Fire hold themselves to every day,” he asserted to KRON4. “I have the utmost confidence Fire Chief Sapien will conduct a thorough review of what happened and take appropriate action once that work is done.”
According to KRON4, which spoke with an unnamed firefighter, the firefighters involved in the incident are still on the job.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” he remarked. “It is so hush-hush in our department, it’s an internal affairs deal. We are in the dark about it too. Our department has been known for buffoonery.”
Engine-4’s fire station is one of the busiest in the city for 911 calls because it’s centrally located in San Jose.
“They get pummeled with calls. They go to Pink Poodle for calls,” the firefighter claimed.
San Jose Foos posted the video in October. In it, a firetruck can be seen parked outside the Pink Poodle. The woman involved has not been identified and it is not known if she works at the strip club although, to many, it is pretty evident she does.
In a statement released last October, the San Jose Local Firefighter Executive Board stated, “We are aware of the situation. This union does not condone what was seen on video. The fire department is handling and investigating. This does not represent the values of San Jose firefighters Local 230.”
According to dispatch records that were obtained by NBC Bay Area in November, there was never a call for service at the Pink Poodle strip club the night of the incident. But at 9:06 pm, GPS data shows Engine-4 stopped in front of the establishment.
The engine then appeared to circle the block before it returned four minutes later at 9:10 pm. At 9:14 pm, the GPS reportedly pings two miles away showing Engine 4 stopped in front of AJ’s Bikini Bar. GPS data shows the engine was there for approximately four minutes.
A final report by the City Manager’s Office is expected to be released in the coming days.
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