The Arlington Board of Fire Commissioners has ordered all flags be removed from fire trucks immediately. What they didn’t count on is the backlash they suffered from the citizens. Now there are negotiations going on to try to reach an accommodation. The board now claims they have no problem with the flag but it could get in the way of the firemen and other drivers. If that were true, I think the obvious thing to do is to paint the flag on the truck and that would address the problem the board claims caused the removal of the flags.
“If we had to take them down, they had to be taken down the right way. At the time when the country needs unity, to do something like this … it’s next to flag-burning in my mind.”
Earlier this year, the fire chief of Riverside, California, told firefighters to remove a pro-police American flag from all fire trucks.
In 2012, a similar case happened when when a Seminole, Florida, resident complained that fire trucks were displaying flags “against the flag code,” according to The Tampa Bay Times.
Under section 175 of the U.S. Federal Flag Code, it states that “the flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.”