Fire Department Ordered To Take Down American Flags

Fire Department Ordered To Take Down American Flags

August 18, 2016

Fire Department Ordered To Take Down American Flags

Flags Removed

Social media has run rampant after American flags were removed from three fire trucks on Tuesday.

Many union members expressed extreme disappointment.

During a meeting this Monday, Arlington Fire Chief Tory Gallante was forced to remove the flags from three different trucks. Gallante was ordered to complete this act after receiving the order from the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Chief Gallante did not comment specifically about the reasoning that led to the decsion but expressed he is “very disappointed with their direction”.

Jim Beretta is the Arlington Fire Commissioner Chairman. Beretta said that the board majority came to the conclusion that the flags are a,

“liability during normal operations for our people and other motorists”.

He also shared that he and the board were not consulted before the flags were put up.

The flags were removed during a special ceremony at the Arlington headquarters.

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The Ultimate Decision

The issue was reportedly heavily discussed at Monday’s meeting. Beretta made sure to mention, “each board member gave their opinion”.

A few board members “had no problem with it as long as it was safe and not in the way of operations,” Beretta added. However more than a few board members “did have a problem with it for normal operations, citing liability and distraction to other motorists.”

Gallante and many others are disappointed with the ultimate decision. However they have received a massive amount of support online.

The department has received waves of messages that completely disagree with the board’s decision.

“I think (for) a lot of people … (the issue) crosses political lines, moral lines, religious lines,” Tarquinio said. “It’s the flag of this country.”

The firefighters union originally approached Gallante with the request.

Gallante allowed the union to put flags on the trucks. This was allowed as long as they were properly secured.

It was “at their (the union’s) cost … the flags were placed on the vehicles,” Gallante said. The flags were “checked by our mechanics to make sure” they were safely secured.

Many hope that the outcry from social media will push the board to reconsider.

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11 Responses

Deanna Carnine
Deanna Carnine

August 18, 2016

The American flag has been a symbol of so many things to so many people. Every flag that I see I remember every veteran and member of our military and give thanks for our freedom. This thanks also goes out to the local police and fire departments who protect and serve our communities. I pay taxes and vote on measures to support our local firefighters and police and I find it appalling that this topic was even brought up. How is it that the American flag is a distraction to other motorists any more than the sirens are? What possible liabilities are there for flying the American flag on fire engines? How many more freedoms are people willing to let others take from us? Why is it that targeting an American symbol so important to so many people? Do we not have so many more important things to focus on in keeping our communities safe than removing the flag from our fire engines? What is next? Come on people! Step up and defend our country against those who are trying to change who we are and what we stand for! Jim Beretta needs to step down. Shame on you Board for not understanding your role!!

Ray Pelzel
Ray Pelzel

August 18, 2016

Political correctness run amok
J E DeGazio
J E DeGazio

August 18, 2016

BULL SHIT.

Candy Dawdy
Candy Dawdy

August 18, 2016

There is so much going on in our country that is changing. We are the United States of America !!! and we Love Flying Our Flag !!! I think the issue would be if it interfered with driving

Nina Skaggs
Nina Skaggs

August 18, 2016

Is the board trying to present to this nation that we the people should put our lives and safety of our worldly possessions in the hands of people will are represented by a group that portrays unrepresenting our country!

Gary Peterson
Gary Peterson

August 18, 2016

sure sounds like the brass is mad because they were not the one’s to come up with the idea first. they need to start acting like patriots instead of spoiled babies.

Billy Spencer
Billy Spencer

August 18, 2016

Political correctness at it’s worst. I risked my life for the flag. 34 years law enforcement, 29 years military. Get a life folks!

Nanci Jones
Nanci Jones

August 18, 2016

This is the United States of America these firefighters are fighting for our lives every single day and they have the right to fly the flag of our country this country has gone to hell in a handbasket

Nanci Jones
Nanci Jones

August 18, 2016

This is the United States of America these firefighters are fighting for our lives every single day and they have the right to fly the flag of our country this country has gone to hell in a handbasket

Nanci Jones
Nanci Jones

August 18, 2016

This is a disgrace this is the United States of America. These firefighters that are fighting for our lives and they should be allowed to we have the American flag this country is going to hell in a handbasket

Phillip Mark Jump
Phillip Mark Jump

August 18, 2016

I Think the fire chief and the so called Board needs to get a,grip on life and realty. Because I thought this was the United States. Freedom of speech and all. Home of the free and the brave.

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