The Thin Red Line

They go into harm’s way because they have a calling to do so. They already know that on every call there is a chance they might not come home but that is never a force that stops them. They are periled when they leave the firehouse and drive towards someone crying for help, someone that has been struck by another car and needs the Jaws Of Life to free themselves from a twisted chunk of metal that used to be their automobile, someone on top of the 4th floor with screaming licks of flame and 1100 degrees of fire spouting from every window, door and exit of their apartment complex. They are the men and women of the Thin Red Line. They are firefighters. They are the selfless warriors of fire that go into the thick of battle with a small teams of professional firefighters armed with axes, ladders, a mask, oxygen tank and fire retardant gear that keep the beast away. They are The Thin Red Line.

I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice.     

Chief Edward F. Croker

On top of the fact

Are firefighters bad ass? You better believe it and you know what? They should be.

Let’s Meet The Thin Red Line.

2015 Fire Department Profile Report 2015 Infographic

(Ref – Report: NFPA’s “U.S. Fire Department Profile” Author: Hylton J. G. Haynes and Gary P. Stein Issued: April 2017)

Every wonder why so many children want to grow up to be a firefighter? Is it the coolness factor? Is it the bright and shiny fire trucks that go darting through traffic, sirens blazing, with huge ladders and trucks filled with heavily clothed firefighters? Maybe its the cool dog, Sparky the Dalmatian, that seems to always have that “I’m with the cool firefighters look always about them”. Children want to become firefighters because they know with absolute clarity that the men and women of firefighting are heroes. They see their lives in the future being more than an individual. They see team work. They see that putting another life ahead of their own is the true mark of character and that it takes a very special person to put on that jacket, bunkers, helmet, toss that hose over your shoulder, climb 20 flights off stairs, rescue lives and at the end of the day go home safely with your brothers and sisters. The kids of America want to hit that little league home run and win the game just as much as they want to be  firefighter because what they do does make a difference each and every day!

And from a professional ball player on the subject of being a firefighter their are the words of Ted Williams.

That’s the life, being a fireman. It sure beats being a ballplayer. I’d rather be a fireman.

Ted Williams

In 1941, Williams posted a .406 batting average, making him the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season. He followed this up by winning his first Triple Crown in 1942. Williams interrupted his baseball career in 1943 to serve three years in the US Navy and US Marine Corps during World War II. (Source – Wikipedia)