things like firefighters getting FIRED for refusing to put a flag on their apparatus that would have impeded its function...
If you are talking about the case here in Florida:
The "flag obstructing vision" version came out a day or so after the incident. The origional claim by the firefighters was that they refused becasue the flag was a symbol of oppression.
However, the EMT patch they had worn on their uniform for years had an American Flag as part of the design. They had never objected before.
A local firefighter now working in my home town, who used to work with the men, was of the opinion that it was mostly a play for media attention that backfired.
As no one got to see where the flag actually was, it?s hard to say which of their versions was accurate. The "obstruction of vision" came out only after they were told that they faced disiplinary actions. The last I heard they had not been fired but I admit I stopped following the story.