This 3x5 thin red line flag against a black field is made in America. Fly this flag in support of our fallen firemen, firewomen, and firefighter personnel across the country. Made of nice durable nylon with 2 brass grommets for attaching to your telescoping flag pole. This fireman flag features a solid black bar on the top and the bottom of the flag with a thin red line separating the two fields in the center.
What does the thin red line flag represent?
Many people are familiar with the thin blue line that is seen everywhere these days. The thin red line has similar meanings in today's society with the red line representing firefighters. The red line represents the men and women who risk their own health, safety, and lives to protect us, our pets, and our property against fires, explosions, spills, crashes, floods, heart attacks, smoke, and other dangerous situations.
The thin red line flag also is flown to show respect to the fallen and injured heroes that were killed or injured in the line of duty within a fire department. Interestingly enough the thin red line also represents "the thin red line of courage" of firefighters. They must muster up every single ounce of courage and bravery each and every time on duty to conquer their deepest and darkest fears so that they can save lives and protect personal property.
The thin red line originally came about in 1854 and had nothing to do with fire departments or firefighters. It was actually a saying representing a British military formation. According to folklore the red line first became associated with fire departments when a handful of young firefighters in North Carolina wanted to poke fun at the local cops. They all painted their license plates black and put red electrical tape in the center to mimic what the officers had on their vehicles. It has become iconic and grown in popularity since then.