A design, depicting a semi-nude woman allegedly representing a symbol for San Antonio Fire Station #31 posted on the Internet recently to solicit money for T-shirts, beverage koozies and other items, has caught the attention of fire department officials.
A red, white and blue shield with the words “Engine,” “Medic, “SAFD,” and “31,” depicted a brunette lady clad only in tight white shorts and a hat. The female picture is scantly wrapped in a fire hose covering parts of her breasts.
The symbol was designed and posted on the Facebook page of a firefighter last week who asked if anyone was interested in purchasing items with the logo affixed to contact him. The picture was also emblazed in red letters stating “Wild Wild West Ave.”
San Antonio Fire Station #31 is located at 11802 West Avenue in the north central sector of the city.
“The San Antonio Fire Department looked into this matter immediately after it was brought to our attention,” stated Melissa S. Sparks, Public Information Officer for the Fire Department this evening. “The graphic, and any reference to it, was removed from Facebook by the time we were notified of it.”
“The use of the SAFD name in this manner is clearly inappropriate and not sanctioned by the SAFD,” Sparks said. “The firefighter has been counseled, we continue to gather information related to this incident and further administrative action may be forthcoming.”
For at least two days, the Facebook post was shared with citizens and firefighters, many who were offended by the picture.
“While it reminded me of my grandfather’s World War II pinup picture on a plane,” said one Facebook comment. “This one was overboard and doesn’t do a good job of depicting the good people I know on the Fire Department.”
The Examiner unsuccessfully tried to reach the firefighter who originally posted the design, but was able to copy it prior to the designer removing it from his page.
Contact Jack Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org.