The “Thin Red Line of Courage” is a symbol to show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty. As firefighters are periled, they place their lives second to those they protect. The “Thin Red Line of Courage” represents the last ounce of courage firefighters find deep in their blood to conquer their darkest fears in order to save and protect life and property.
In 2016, the Burn Institute proudly established the Red Line of Courage Fund to provide support services to local firefighters who sustain a burn injury while on duty. The Red Line of Courage Fund is designed to supplement those services already in place for professional firefighters and make resources available for the more immediate and long-term needs that other programs do not offer. To implement and sustain the Red Line of Courage Fund, the Burn Institute will set aside proceeds from the Annual Firefighters Boot Drive and hold funds in trust, as a safety net for our brave firefighters.