A New York City firefighter in hot water with FDNY officials for his hunka-hunka burnin' love scene in the red-hot season premiere of Sex and the City had department approval for his racy role, the New York Post has learned. Strapping Staten Island firefighter Michael Lombardi, 38, is under fire following his steamy guest role as Ricky, one of the city's Bravest who beds Kim Cattrall's character, Samantha, in an episode that aired June 4. "Lombardi gained permission from the fire department to appear in the show. The department knew what his role was going to be and approved it, so why is he in trouble?" a source said. However, fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen said Lombardi, a 12-year veteran assigned to an elite rescue unit, is under investigation for discrediting the fire department. — New York Post