SJFD motor dropping off bikini clad woman at strip bar closed

More questions now swirl in the investigation over a controversial video showing a woman in a bikini stepping out of a San Jose fire truck and into the Pink Poodle strip club. The October 5 video was posted to Instagram by an account named @sanjosefoos. Now it appears the Pink Poodle wasn’t the only adult entertainment club the Station 4 fire truck stopped that night. A local television station has investigated the incident, which is also being investigated by the city of San Jose. So far, the official investigation process has been slow and there have been no major updates since the video surfaced.

There has been speculation that there may have been a service call which the E4 marked engine on the Pink Poodle responded to. Now we’ve learned that doesn’t appear to be the case, thanks to a public records request from NBC Bay Area, which reports that “there was never an 911 call at the Pink Poodle that night requiring a response from Station 4 firefighters, according to department shipping records, which raises further questions about what the engine was doing there and why the woman was in the truck in the first place.

As if the story wasn’t embarrassing enough for the SJFD, it seems the locomotive headed off to another adult entertainment venue just minutes after dropping off the bikini-clad woman at Pink Poodle. According to NBC Bay Area, “Locomotive 4 pulled up in front of the Pink Poodle at approximately 9:06 p.m. on October 5. The locomotive then appears to slowly circle the block before returning to the Pink Poodle at around 9:10 p.m. At 9:14 p.m. Locomotive 4’s GPS pings approximately two miles away, stopping the locomotive near AJ’s bikini bar on Lincoln Avenue. GPS data shows the engine will be parked there for about four more minutes before driving off.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was immediately frustrated the day the video surfaced, releasing a statement that read: “If the investigation concludes this video is as bad as it is looks, heads have to roll. We cannot relegate a vital lifeguard to a liaison bus, nor do we tolerate any behavior that so demeans the heroic work of the rest of our SJFD team.”

As part of the NBC Bay Area investigation, some text messages were received from fire officials, one of which appeared to be a request for the mayor’s office to tone down that statement, which did not happen. “I talked to [her] about not assuming blame and the language “heads must roll and frat party” are seized as headlines that would reflect the department more negatively than necessary,” a fire department spokesman said in a text message.

The city is not commenting on the recent discovery of public records and has not said much since the investigation began. “The longer you wait, the more it hurts anyone who wants this behind us, because the men and women of the San Jose Fire Department deserve better. If there was an error in the judgment, so be it. We have to deal with it. But that doesn’t take away from the 100% they give to the citizens of the city of San Jose every day,” retired fire captain Richard Santos told NBC Bay Area.


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