?I can think of no more stirring symbol of man?s humanity to man than a fire truck.? ?Kurt Vonnegut Fire is mankind?s best friend and worst enemy. It gives us warmth, food, and power. It can just as quickly strip us of our lives. We both respect it and fear it. There is a group of men and women in every civilized society that defies the latter statements. They are firefighters. They will be there when man?s oldest foe rears its ugly head. They are a brave few. They are the line standing between danger and safety. They are a Thin Red Line.