Fire Department Asked to Remove American Flag From Truck

A new policy is in effect that requires permission before putting a flag on a fire vehicle.

Firefighters in Coventry, Rhode Island, say they're being asked to remove U.S. flags and decals from the district's fire trucks.

Firefighters say it started last year when Central Coventry Fire District Chairman Fred Gralinski likened their display of the flags on the back of the trucks to something ISIS would do.

Gralinski apologized Thursday, saying he used a poor choice of words.

Coventry Fire Union President David Gorman says the district board adopted a policy saying that permission must be sought from the fire chief before stickers or decals can be put on the trucks.

But Gorman says he's still being asked in private to remove the items.

Gralinski says orders of removing the flags aren't true.

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