During active shooter or mass casualty events, first responders and bystanders already on scene are often the only hope of saving lives. Each bleeding victim can die from blood loss in less than five minutes and cannot wait for an ambulance to arrive. Even after medical teams arrive, medics must still find and triage people they can safely access. Therefore, equipping as many people on scene as possible buys precious time and saves lives. Continue reading 3 Crucial Assets Every First Responder Should Have
Our nation’s heroes answer the call despite the odds and circumstances. Galls employees share instances when their special relationships supported these men and women as they shaped history with valor.
Traffic-related incidents are one of the leading causes of Line-Of-Duty deaths. Between automobile/motorcycle/bicycle crashes, and the potential to be struck on the side of the road while on duty, the deaths are increasingly disturbing. The safety of these men and women who respond to emergencies on our nation’s streets, roads and highways is of the utmost importance.
The Division of State and Provincial Police, among other safety advocates, recognizes the seriousness and the persistence of this problem and is committed to finding ways to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers while they are out on the roads. The more visible a firefighter or police officer is, the better chance a driver has to slow down and move over. The ANSI published standards for high-visibility clothing in 1999. The standard defines three classes of successively more-visible garments, to protect workers exposed to successively higher levels of risk from motor vehicles and heavy equipment.
- Class 1: Activities that are relatively low hazard from slow-moving vehicles, for example, in a parking lot. Garments must have retroreflective strips 1 inch wide and a minimum of 217 square inches of fluorescent material.
- Class 2: Activities that take place in proximity to vehicles moving up to 25 miles per hour, for example, railway workers or school crossing guards. The standard requires reflective bands of greater width and 755 square inches of conspicuously colored fabric.
- Class 3: Activities that take place near traffic moving faster than 25 miles per hour, for example, highway construction. The standard requires at least 1240 square inches of fluorescent fabric, and two-inch retrorefector bands. Only very large vests have enough area to meet this standard, so full sleeves may be required.
There are a variety of different vests to help workers be seen with more ease.
- For the sheriff, it is important to have a tactical vest with multiple capabilities. It should include utility pouches, a radio pouch, mic clips, among other features.
- For security, the vest should be reflective and have 4-season adjustability that allows for accurate sizing in any weather, even over bulky coats.
- For EMS, the vest should be reflective with a 5 point breakaway system. It should include hook and loop closures and radio pockets.
- For a selection of all high visibility vests, click here!
Officers, road workers, emergency responders and firefighters serve tirelessly to protect us and our communities; it’s time we do our best to protect them too.
It’s no secret that firefighters love their chili… especially on Halloween. It has become a well known tradition for fire departments around the country to partake in a chili feast or chili cook off during the Halloween holiday. “It’s the right meal for how we work and a firehouse tradition. We can leave it warm on the stove while we respond to a call. We can quickly reheat it for dinner. It feeds a crowd and is cheap to make,” said Phoenix firefighter Robert Kemp.
Keep an eye out and your stomachs hungry for your local fire department’s chili cook off, so you can indulge in some savorous supper too!
The Phoenix Fire Department has offered some tips on how to make the the perfect firefighter chili this Halloween:
- Rushed chili is bad chili. Dried beans cooked halfway are crunchy; undercooked meat is chewy. To avoid, allow chili to simmer until it’s done. For best flavor, make a day in advance. Chili tastes best on Day 2.
- Use dried spices and chile powders. Fresh spices and chiles vary in flavor and potency, making it riskier to achieve the right balance of flavor and spice.
- Make sure the dried spices are still full of robust flavors. Spices without their punch can ruin a pot of chili. Test for freshness before using. Rule of thumb is to keep spices no longer than one year.
- If using fresh chiles, roast before adding to chili.
- Aim for the right balance by using a range of spicy, smoky and sweet chiles.
- Like most one-pot meals, chili is highly forgiving. Want more spice? Add more chile powder or cumin. Too hot? Add lime juice. Swap kidney for black beans.
- Canned beans work in a pinch, but beans are best and cheapest when prepared from scratch. One cup of dried beans equals 3 cups of cooked beans.
- Whether ground beef, chuck, pork, chicken or turkey, use quality meat. Brown ground meats before adding any liquids. Brown chunks of meat or poultry on the outside before assembling your chili. Cooking meat in advance locks in the flavor of the meat.
- Finely mince all vegetables.
- Serve chili with condiments, such as diced radishes, grated Cheddar cheese, crackers or crushed tortilla chips, sour cream and fresh, diced herbs.
The traditional wildfire season has only just begun, and it is off to a blazing start. California firefighters have battled at least 1,000 more wildfires than in a typical year. The California department of Forestry and Fire Protection has sent crews out to nearly 5,000 fire locations. According to a statewide fire activity update issued this week, a combined 92,139 acres on non-U.S. Forest Service land have been charred.
Cooler early fall temperatures is expected to bring strong winds, creating “critical fire weather conditions” for much of the eastern Northern California region, according to the National Weather Service. Fire officials have said drought has worsened fire conditions and has significantly dried out vegetation, creating fast-moving flames.
Galls thanks all of those working to contain the various wildfires and urges all involved firefighters out west to stay safe during this time! Here are some mind blowing photographs of the events taking place.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/YosemiteLandscapes.com, Darvin Atkeson, Noah Berger / Reuters, The Fresno Bee, Mark Crosse, Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
It’s September, National Preparedness Month. Take the time to think about emergency situations: hurricanes (had some of those), black-outs (had some of those), cold nights (yes, had some of those too). Are you prepared to get through these tough times? Can you help others around you become better prepared for an emergency? Here is what you need to do:
Build A Kit
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. A suggested list of supplies include:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered Weather Radio and extra batteries
- Strong flashlight and batteries
- First aid kit and medicine kit
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Personal hygienic products
- Mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
- Maintenance Kit, including at least pliers, a can opener, a wire cutter and a knife
- Proper clothing sustainable for all kinds of weather
- Bedding or a sleeping bag
- Fire extinguisher
- Paper towels
- A tent
- Matches in a water proof container
- Signal flare
- Important family documents
Devise Your Plan:
Devise a plan that works best for you and your family. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance. Ask yourself these questions: “How will you get to a safe place?” “How will you contact one another?” “How will you get back together?”
- Volunteer: Volunteering in your community is a great way to become informed and protect your surroundings. Find out how to become trained and volunteer with a Community Emergency Response Team.
- Be a part of the community planning process. Connect and collaborate with your local emergency planning group, Citizen Corps Council or a local emergency management agency.
- Donate: Support major disasters by donating cash or goods which may help meet the needs of your community in times of disaster.
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The world has seen some horrific natural disasters, but some stand out among the rest. There are many criteria as to what makes a natural disaster horrific, ranging from lives lost, to costliest, to property damage and much more. Here are 5 Natural Disasters that have left a mark in history.
1. Hurricane Katrina
This category 5 storm hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, ranking the sixth strongest overall to hit the United States. It was also one of the costliest, with estimated property damages of $81 billion. More than 1,800 people lost their lives and eighty percent of New Orleans completely flooded. With 175 mph winds, Katrina was deemed the fourth most severe Atlantic hurricane at the time.
The road to recovery was not an easy one. Katrina received emergency response from federal government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local-level agencies, federal and National Guard soldiers, non-governmental organizations, charities, and private individuals. Tens of thousands of volunteers and troops responded or were deployed to the disaster.
2. Indian Ocean Tsunami
This 9.1 magnitude Sumatra quake, centered off the coast of an Indonesian island, was the third largest recorded quake in history. It wasn’t just the strongest, but it was the longest quake. For over eight minutes, the ground rumbled with such force that the entire planet vibrated as much as 1 centimeter. This was only the beginning. The quake caused a tsunami that killed 200,000 to 310,000 people along the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India, and Thailand.
Operation Unified Assistance is the name of the United States military’s response to the tsunami. More than 12,600 Department of Defense personnel were involved in the relief effort. Indonesian public opinion of America tremendously improved during the year after the tsunami, jumping from 15% in 2003 to 38% in 2005.
3. Haiti Earthquake
This 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti in January of 2010, with 59 aftershocks, ranging from 4.2 to 5.9 magnitudes in strength. The strongest earthquake to hit the country since 1770, it had led to over 200,000 deaths, 2 million homeless, and 3 million people in need of emergency aid.
US involvement in Haiti recovery and reconstruction is monumental. From relief (rapid, life-saving emergency assistance), to clean up, to education, to endless recovery campaigns, $195 million has been given from the US, along with another US $120 million pledges from different countries.
4. Afghanistan Blizzard
The Afghanistan Blizzard marks the second worst blizzard in modern history, with an estimated death toll of 1,337 due to temperatures that fell below -30 degrees celsius. The hospitals performed frostbite amputations on at least 100 people across the country, as many walked barefoot in the freezing cold mud and snow. The weather also claimed more than 100,000 sheep and goats, and nearly 315,000 cattle died.
The blizzard had a huge effect on the war because of low visibility. US troops multiplied as they brought in food and supplies to help Afghan citizens cope with the conditions.
5. Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami
A 9.0 magnitude quake, followed by a major tsunami hit the coast of Japan in March of 2011. This was the single largest earthquake to ever strike Japan in recorded history, and was documented as the 7th largest earthquake in the world. 250,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed and caused a near nuclear disaster when there was a partial meltdown in 3 reactors of the Fukushima nuclear plan.
United States designated its military response to the earthquake and tsunami as Operation Tomodachi. The United States was the largest contributor in monetary aid. Various branches of the military participated, notably the USS Ronald Reagan carrier group, and aviators based at Yokota Air Base, among several other personnel.
Medical Supplies at Galls.com
Our nation’s first responders – emergency medical personnel including EMT’s and Paramedics as well as law enforcement and fire fighters – must be equipped with emergency medical supplies so they can treat patients whose injuries range from common place to life-threatening.
Each and every day, first responders are called to the scene of a crime, auto accident, house call or natural disaster. They must deliver quick and accurate medical help to children, adults and the elderly. Their training helps reduce severe and injury and certainly can help save lives.
Right Gear for the Right Job
When it comes to their gear, public safety personnel rely on equipment and supplies from Galls.com.
Galls carries a large selection of essential emergency medical supplies including CPR masks, stethoscopes, first aid equipment, medical first aid kits, immobilization splinting and extrication supplies, infection control, medical bags, latex gloves, oxygen and resuscitation equipment, cots, trauma kits, AED and training accessories.
Galls Complete Line of Medical Supplies Includes….
- Medical Kits
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With more than 45 years supplying first responders with gear and equipment for all situations, Galls is a proven leader in the medical supply market for first responders. Our products are used by men and women every day to help stabilize patients and make their bodies better. We have a commitment to providing top quality first aid gear at affordable prices.
Whether you’re laboring on Labor Day or spending the with friends and family, Galls salutes you!
Labor Day is the symbolic end to summer, and for many first responders and public safety personnel, it’s a great time to upgrade their gear or invest in new gear. And with Galls’ Labor Day sale, this weekend is a great time to do some shopping.
GALLS LABOR DAY SALE
15% off sitewide at Galls.com (some exclusions apply) and free shipping on any orders above $119.
Use promo code GALABOR at checkout.
Quite simply, the show is “the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the law enforcement industries.” It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, cutlery, outdoor apparel, tactical gear, optics and related products and services – all extremely interesting, important and exciting to those in law enforcement and security services.
NSSF Shot Show is one of the most featured outdoor hunting and shooting sector-related trade shows in the United states. The Shot Show is held at the Sands Expo Convention Center and is attended by more than 60000 visiting participants at each of its editions. Several topical seminar sessions are scheduled during the event, dealing with law enforcement, retailing and other related issues.
The NSSF Shot Show gets its global feel from its participants, who hail from as many as 100 different countries. Over 1600 professional exhibitors attend the show and a diverse array of arms and ammunition, outdoor dress items, optical tools, cutlery products and law enforcement services are showcased to those attending the show.
The event is focused on the overall development of the general shooting, hunting and firearms sector in the country and the show is successful in drawing in a large contingent of international exhibiting companies as well. The show covers 630000 square feet of exhibition space.
Las Vegas is ‘the place’ to come in January if you want to be exposed to all that suppliers like Galls, 5.11 Tactical, Elbeco and hundred upon hundreds of others have to offer. If you’re looking for gear and apparel for use on duty or off, this is the place to be.
The best part?
At the show, you’ve got the opportunity not only to look at items, but to hold them, try them on, interact with them, have them demonstrated and talk to the experts who know all about each item. They can answer your questions right there. They can make suggestions, offer insight and explain how their product or service can best be used by you or your organization.
Only 5 months away!
Interested in getting to the SHOT Show this year? Hurry, the show runs from January 14 – 17, 2014.