Autoresponses from Portland below:
Just a quick note to let you know that we got your message. We learned about the order from the paper, and rescinded it as soon as possible. We think that it is entirely appropriate for firefighters to have American flags on their vehicles. Nobody should question the patriotism of the Fire Bureau. This was simply a mistake. The flags will stay on the trucks.
Assistant to Erik Sten
Dear Mr. XXX
The decision to remove American flags from Portland Fire Bureau vehicles was originally made by the bureau’s command personnel. Since I do not supervise the Fire Bureau, my staff and I also learned of the original decision through the media. Early this morning I directed my staff to determine how and why this decision was made.
I have been informed by the commissioner in charge of the Fire Bureau, Erik Sten, that the order has been reversed. Although he also was unaware of the original order, I will let him know of your concerns.
With warm regards,