American flags were removed from three fire trucks in New York on Tuesday sparking heated discussion on social media and disappointment from union members.
Arlington Fire Chief Gallante said the firefighters union recently asked him if they could display American flags on the rear of fire trucks.
He granted the union permission to do so, as long as the flags were maintained properly and safely secured.
Of course, then Gallante was directed by the Board of Fire Commissioners to remove the flags from the backs of the trucks during Monday's meeting.
Two board members "had no problem with it as long as it was safe and not in the way of operations," Beretta added. Three board members "did have a problem with it for normal operations, citing liability and distraction to other motorists."
He declined to comment on specifics of why the decision was made but said he is “very disappointed with their direction.”
Arlington Fire Commissioner Chairman Jim Beretta said the board majority feel the flags are a "liability during normal operations for our people and other motorists," and that the board had not been consulted before the flags were mounted.
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