August 2016: Arlington Fire Department in Poughkeepsie, NY
Decision was made by Commissioner Jim Beretta, along with Joseph Armstrong and Jose Seco in favor of removing flags from fire trucks, claiming the flags are a "liability" and a "distraction to motorists". Beretta alleged that no one asked for permission to place the flags on the truck, and that the board wasn't consulted prior to doing so. At the request of the Union, the flags were mounted recently. The demand was made by the abovementioned three members of the board to remove them, while citing no explicit laws which prohibit the flying of flags on fire department vehicles, whether the vehicles be in motion or stationary/parked.
Residents of the county of Dutchess, hereby demand one of the following:
a) that the previously mounted fabric flags carefully and securely be placed back onto the fire vehicles, or,
b) that those who voted for the removal of the American flags submit resignations to the board, unless one or any of them can provide enforceable legal parameters which explicitly forbid the flying of an American flag on fire trucks in the United States.
The residents of Poughkeepsie have pride in their country, state, county and municipality, and hereby ask for support from other citizens of New York state and across the country, in efforts to encourage action to be taken in this decision. Firefighters across America are also asked to join the petition, to show support for their brothers and sisters who are engaged in lifesaving firefighting work.
We hereby believe that in such an instance as this, and in the opinion of the public; the people's votes shall outweigh the "politics" and "personal opinions" of the three board members who voted to remove the American flags. We hereby agree that the decision was made erroneously and in haste.
Photos shared in this petition are courtesy of flagspring.com who specializes in providing flags for fire trucks in the USA)