Behind The Lines

The Thin Line has become a commonly recognized symbol. But what does it mean? The Thin Line was designed to represent service personnel and the sacrifices they make day in and day out to keep us safe. Most commonly set on the background of the American flag, the thin lines vary in color depending on the respective service.

The Thin Green Line most commonly represents the Armed Forces. The color green refers to the color of their uniforms.

The Thin Red Line represents the Fire Service. Red was chosen because of its association with Fire.

The Thin White Line represents Emergency Medical Services. This line differs from the other colors as it is often set on a background of blue. The color white was chosen due to its association with the medical field.

The Thin Blue Line represents Police and Law Enforcement Officers. The color blue refers to the color of their uniforms.

The Thin Gold Line represents Emergency Telecommunicators (Dispatchers). The color gold symbolizes loyalty and courage. Dispatchers are often not thought of when referring to first responders, but they are frequently the first point contact with the public in an emergency.

The Thin Gray Line represents Corrections Officers. The color gray represents the color of handcuffs and jail house bars.