The emblem of the “Thin Red Line” was developed by the Apex (NC) Volunteer Fire Department in 1999 to show respect to fallen firefighters and to those who protect our lives and property every day.

When firefighters respond to a call – and even when they make a commitment to become professional or volunteer firefighters – they place their own lives second to those they serve. This “Thin Red Line” of heroic men and women who risk life and limb every day to keep us safe is all that separates us from more serious danger on a daily basis.

Similar to the “Thin Blue Line” that honors public servants in law enforcement, the Thin Red Line can be seen on numerous license plates, T-shirts and other personal items to worn or carried by firefighters, their families, and citizens who just want to show support. Those products are available at any number of websites and retailers. FD12 does not profit from the sale of Thin Red Line emblem material, but our firefighters appreciate the show of support wherever it is displayed.