THIN RED LINE Firehose Flag Honor, Respect, Tradition and Sacriﬁce. That is the heart beat of the Fire Service across our nation. In nearly every ﬁreﬁghter there lives a deep passion that drives them to selﬂessly give and to put their lives in danger for their fellow neighbors. My desire to honor those in the ﬁre service is what lead me to make the Thin Red Line ﬂag. My name is Chris Harder, I am a Captain with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. My passion for the ﬁre service started in 1991 when I became a volunteer ﬁreﬁghter in a small town in Northern California. From the moment, I rode the Engine and experienced my ﬁrst call I knew I was made for this. Year after year of critical calls gave way to physical injury and what I learned later was mental injury.
I came to realize that I was not alone and many ﬁreﬁghters suffer from Critical Incident Stress as well. Our department developed a Critical Incident Stress Management Team and Peer Support Group after seeing ﬁrst hand the career ending effects of PTSD. I have been blessed to be a part of this great team and through the training provided by KLOVE’s Crisis Response Care we have been able to recognize signs and symptoms of critical incident stress and provide the necessary resources to walk alongside them on their journey through the healing process.
Captain Chris Harder
San Ramon Fire Protection District