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.

A Special Thank You from Galls on this Memorial Day

Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in America’s military. This day is a reverent and reflective day for many, a time to be with family and friends and remember those who ensured our daily freedoms.

Many American servicemen and women were – and still are – active duty policemen, firefighters, emergency medical responders and more. The percentage of public safety officers with a military background is extraordinary.

Please take a few moments today and think about those who make this country safe. At Galls, we certainly appreciate all that has been done for the country by the American military.

Have a good Memorial Day.

Please share any thoughts or comments you may have on this special day.

Star of Life

Internationally recognized as the symbol of emergency medical services (EMS), the Star of Life is a blue, six-pointed star outlined in white, with the ancient emblem of a snake wrapped around a staff at the star’s center. Designed for the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration (NHTSA) in response to the need for a uniform symbol representing the emergency medical services system, the six barred cross was adapted from the personal Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA). The logo was given to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for use as the emergency medical technicians (EMT) logo.

The staff emblem at the Star of Life’s center is commonly referred to as the Rod of Asclepius, after the Greek god of medicine who is depicted holding the staff. It’s also possible that this symbol’s origin comes from an account in the book of Numbers, where Moses mounts a bronze serpent on a pole to heal his people. Whatever its origin, this symbol has represented healing since antiquity. The six branches of the star symbolize the six main tasks executed through the emergency chain. Counted clockwise from the top, these are: Detection, Reporting, Response, On Scene Care, Care in Transit, and Transfer to Definitive Care.

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Volunteer FireFighters

Volunteer FireFighter
Volunteer FireFighter

Did you know that over 70% of all firefighters in the US are volunteer firefighters? In a country of freedom, over 800,000 men and women have decided to risk their life to protect their local communities. This is a powerful statement, much like the volunteer military Americans support each year, volunteer firefighters are everyday people who do extraordinary things. As a volunteer firefighter most support the community not only with their time and courage, but as community advocates supporting charities and teaching fire safety as well as acting as fundraisers. Many of the volunteer firefighters pay for their own training and purchase their own gear. Please take the time to thank any local volunteer firefighters in your community.