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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fire Fighter Parks Porsche in Red Zone During Giants Game

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 2:10 PM

click to enlarge The only official fire business on this day, apparently, was watching the Giants get burned
  • The only official fire business on this day, apparently, was watching the Giants get burned
Last week, complaints about fire fighters improperly using their San Francisco Fire Department parking permits while leaving their cars strewn about town led the department to issue an official memo. Its message: Cut it out.

That didn't get through to the above fire fighter, however, who left his or her Porsche SUV parked in a red zone during Memorial Day's San Francisco Giants day game. And while the department's memo explicitly instructed fire fighters to "destroy all unauthorized parking permits including those that may have been issued under previous Administrations," the permit adorning this Porsche was written during the tenure of former Chief Mario Trevino -- who left San Francisco in January of 2004. 

click to enlarge This parking permit doesn't cut it, according to the SFFD
  • This parking permit doesn't cut it, according to the SFFD
You can read the memo here: SFFD Parking Memo.doc

While fire department parking permits are essentially meaningless unless the car is being used for official fire business adjacent to fire department headquarters and during business hours, the placards do certainly let Parking Control Officers know that the illegally parked car is owned by a fire fighter. And that was apparently all that was needed to avoid tickets and tow-aways.

A number of whistleblower complaints led to last week's memo -- as did the following YouTube video of illegally parked private vehicles about town, unticketed due to their fire department permits:

In just over a week, this video has already garnered more than 1,400 views. How many of those viewers are fire department employees is anyone's guess.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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