Category Archives: Fire & EMS

Galls is “The Authority” when it comes to public safety equipment and apparel including firefighter gear and emergency medical supplies. This section of our Blog in dedicated to you and your professions – Fire and EMS. We hope to offer interesting current news and product spotlights to entertain and inform you of the trends and offers that impact your professions.

Everybody Say Cheese: 10 Tips to a Successful Team Photo

Your team has trained and worked hard together to the point you are each other’s second family. It’s only natural to want a group photo to save for posterity, but sometimes no one wants to pay for a professional photographer. That means the job goes to the most photographically inclined person on the team. Granted, that person might only have a camera on their phone with little training. Or, that person might have a full-on DSLR camera and lighting set up for their side business with years of experience. Either way, if you find yourself with this daunting task, your main goal is to make a photo of which everyone will be proud. Our Marketing team has assembled 10 tips every level of photographer needs to keep in mind to capture that perfect photo. Continue reading Everybody Say Cheese: 10 Tips to a Successful Team Photo

9 Tips to Make the Best of Working the Holidays

Working during the holidays is a fact of life with your profession. Holidays can include any special day: the big game, the season finale, the family milestone, etc. Even if you get the time off, a big event can result in you being recalled. While others get to spend time with their family and friends, you end up on the streets working calls – calls that are probably the worst ones of the year. Here are 9 tips to make the best of it: Continue reading 9 Tips to Make the Best of Working the Holidays

Bates Launches Athletic, Lightweight Tactical Footwear

SRT-7 Product ShotBates SRT and SRT-7 offer a new generation of footwear for public service professionals. Designed with action-contoured DuraFLEX instead of conventional leather uppers, these boots and shoes move faster and take corners sharper, just like high performance athletic shoes. Continue reading Bates Launches Athletic, Lightweight Tactical Footwear

Ways to Thank First Responders

SR792BF12F010As the holiday season quickly approaches, remember to thank those who perform necessary but often under-appreciated jobs. First responders are known to have one of the most straining jobs, taking a toll on the responder’s moral. Giving thanks is a great way to show first responders how much you care about their work for the community. Even a small amount of gratitude can help these responders through a difficult time and push them into a positive state of mind. Continue reading Ways to Thank First Responders

Things You Might Not Know About Firefighters

00000AF02G274Often people have preconceptions about who firefighters are and what goes into their work. Many assume that firefighters are simply heroes that show up to put out fires, but don’t typically know much about them. There are many things that firefighters might want civilians to know about their line of work that most simply aren’t aware of. Here are a few things you might not be aware of about firefighters, which will hopefully help showcase not only the heroic efforts of these men and women, but the diligence and dedication that goes into their jobs. Continue reading Things You Might Not Know About Firefighters

Keeping a Clear Mind as a Firefighter

00000AF01T003Firefighting is listed as the most stressful job of 2015, and managed to get third place in 2014, according to careercast.com. This is very easy to imagine, given the incredibly stressful situations firefighters put themselves in when they’re called to act in a moment’s notice, responsible for not only their own lives but the lives of others as well. Keeping a clear mind is not only important, but essential to doing the job as a firefighter. Here are a few tips that might help keep your head clear. Continue reading Keeping a Clear Mind as a Firefighter

Changes to Flame-Resistant Work Apparel

2015-10-20-EMCOLDER-H2-300x1441As of 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration passed new rules for employees regarding open flame hazards. While before this change it was only recommended that your body be fully covered with flame-resistant clothing in the work place, this new regulation requires that those whose workplaces meet certain requirements, which an employer must check, must have 100% full body coverage for their employees. We’ll detail how these changes might apply to you. Continue reading Changes to Flame-Resistant Work Apparel

History of Firefighters

photo_8172_20081204-300x2001Firefighters have a long and colorful history, with many of the most famous figures in Western history playing a big role in forming the firefighting profession we know today. By understanding where professional firefighting originated we can appreciate it not only for saving countless homes and lives, but also for the cultural heritage firefighters have all over the globe. Continue reading History of Firefighters

The Honor Guard: Mourn, Remember and Honor

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The funeral ceremony has often served as a means of mourning, remembering, and honoring those who have passed, and as a country some of the most formal and revered ceremonies are held for those in military service, as well as police officers and civil servants. Those who carry out these ceremonies are called the honor guard. Continue reading The Honor Guard: Mourn, Remember and Honor