Firefighters Get Flu Shots —and Parking Tickets 'I'm not real sure how it happened,' Pittsburgh mayor says By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Oct 28, 2011 3:37 AM CDT 10 comments Comments At least they weren't towed away. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – City council members in Pittsburgh won't put up with anybody taking their parking spots, apparently. City firefighters ordered to get their flu shots at City Hall came out to find that their fire trucks, which they left in permit-only spaces for around five minutes, had been ticketed, WPXI reports. A lawyer for the firefighters union Local #1 called the ticketing absurd. "The reason they had the trucks parked next to the city county building is so they could stay on duty," he says. "For them to pull their truck down, park, go inside for five minutes and get a shot. That doesn't warrant a ticket,” the mayor says. “I’m not real sure how it happened. It shouldn't have happened. We'll work with the police department and the fire department to make sure this issue is resolved."