LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings said Friday he will perform 120 hours of community service as self-imposed punishment for posing with a bikini-clad woman on a city fire truck 13 years ago.

Cummings said another photo was taken of the woman topless on the truck, but he did not have a copy of that picture.

It was unclear if a copy of the topless photo still exists.

Cummings, who first alerted the mayor, submitted the photo of the bikini-clad woman to the department’s professional standards division and asked for the group to conduct an investigation.

He called his part in the photo “irresponsible and inappropriate” and came forward with the picture for “accountability.”

“I apologize to the residents of Los Angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa and the brave men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department for this incident,” the chief said.

Villaraigosa called the misstep “serious” but said it does not tarnish Cummings’ career.

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Comments (6)
  1. Duh! says:

    So, why is it a bad thing to have a girl in a bikini pose on a firetruck for a picture?

    The topless one would be bad, but in a bikini shouldn’t be a problem unless you are a prude. San Fran has people walking around the city naked.

  2. Ray says:

    it is this clown still on the force he should be fired they use the taxpayers funded fire trucks to get their jollies and this is what happens and you wonder why the taxpayers get upset. It is time that all these guys that uses our tax dollars for their personal joys to get fired.

  3. Ray says:

    If he was white he would be fired

  4. Lloyd Robins says:

    How about he be terminated from his probationary position?

  5. Justin says:

    How many of you people think that these firemen asked the woman to take a picture with them? How many of you think the woman asked the firemen to get in her picture? Wake up you hater! Please try and be smarter than the media. You have fallen right into their ratings trap.
    Venice Beach is the number one tourist stop in SoCal. People from all over the world take pictures of those fire trucks from that fire station. Pretty soon you are not going to be able to take your kids to the fire station because they will be afraid of bad press. Wake up all you knuckle heads who cannot think for yourselves. The media stretches every story to make it sound more interesting so you will watch and read.

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