Does anyone know if there is a certain way to display the American flag of any size on any fire apparatus. We are in a serious debate about this at the FD and I would like for this to end but i need proof like a website with pics or book maybe all comments will be read.
Title 4 of the United Stated Government Code governs the proper display of our Nations Colors. While no specific reference is made to vehicles, Sec. 7. Position and manner of display, provides guidelines which could be followed.
If you are flying the National Colors and your State's or department's emblem, then the colors should be on the left side of the apparatus, and the other on the right. Matt's image above is an acceptable way to display only the colors for parades, as long as the apparatus is not leading.
According to the United States Flag Code, section 3(b) "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 motor car, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender."
Thus when flying on the vehicle it to it's own just as if you were carrying it in a parade.
In the army, if they are hung, the field is always to the viewers left. When mounted on vehicles or affixed to uniforms, the field is always to the wearers front, which "gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward". Thats according to the Army Regulation 840-10 and 670-1. Yes, I know we're not in the military, but who's more serious about how the U.S. Flag is displayed? Its a good place to start, anyway.