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
Drones armed with cameras and sensor payloads have been used by military and border control agencies for decades in order to improve situational awareness. They can be used across public-safety services, from transmitting birds-eye video of a forest fire to incident commanders, to mapping out hard-hit areas after a natural disaster. Here is some information from The Fire Chief about drone technologies for fire and emergency response operations.
1. ELIMCO E300
This is a UAV with a large payload capacity and low-noise electrical propulsion being used by INFOCA, the Andalusian authority for the wildfire management in Spain, to track wildfires at night.
The E300 can be launched remotely and operated for 1.5 hours with a radio control from up to 27 miles away. During night flights, the E-300 can loiter over a fire for around 3 hours and get as far as 62 miles from the launching point.
2. Sensefly’s Ebee
Switzerland-based Sensefly’s eBee drones are small in comparison to other drones; they have a 37.8-inch wingspan and weigh 1.5 pounds. The foam airframe eBee drones are equipped with a rear-mounted propeller and feature a 16-megapixel camera to shoot aerial imagery at down to 3cm/pixel resolution.
The drone has a flight time of up to 45 minutes, which is long enough to cover as far as 10 miles in a single flight. In addition, users can pre-program 3D flight plans using Google maps prior to deployment, with up to 10 drones controlled from a single base station. Then, using its Postflight Terra 3D-EB mapping software, it can create maps and elevation models with a precision of 5 centimeters and process aerial imagery into 3D models.
3. Information Processing Systems (IPS)
IPS Mobile Command Vehicles and incident command mobile carts are deployable, customized, public-safety vehicles that integrate aerial, ground and subsurface remotely controlled robotic platforms. MCVs basically are custom mobile ground control station for UAVs and other public-safety robotics.
The truck can house security cameras, sensors, radar and communications infrastructure. It can be outfitted with trailers to carry drones, which then can be commanded form within the center.
Having a mobile command center for drone deployment allows wildland firefighters working in remote areas to take their entire communication system with them to launch a UAV or drones over a wildfire and map out affected areas.
4. L3 Communication’s Viking 400-S
The Viking 400-S Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is integrated with Autonomous Take-Off and Landing technology supplied by L-3 Unmanned Systems’ flightTEK system. It operates for up to 12 hours and can be equipped with up to 100 pounds of payload technologies, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detectors for hazmat emergencies.
The CBRN payload would let a first responder stay up to 70 miles line-of-sight away from a hazmat incident and, instead, send a drone to collect CBRN information from the scene and transmit it wirelessly back to incident command. UAS units carrying high-resolution cameras can capture bird’s-eye images of a manmade or natural disaster.
Looking for a few extra gizmos to give to Dad this year? We’ve got a few ideas for you. No need to spend a fortune! Galls has a wide variety of cost-effective gifts that Dad is sure to appreciate. If your Dad falls under one of these 5 categories, you’re in luck.
1. The Military Dad
This gizmo is perfect for the Military Dad. Why get him one flashlight when you can get him 20? This flashlight offers 20 different flashlight settings including four levels of output settings, white C4 LED, IR LEDs, dimming capabilities and much more.
2. The Firefighter Dad
This gadget is sure to knock his socks off! The Res-Q-Rench has five life-saving tools in one. Features include a gas shutoff tool, pry tool, seat belt cutter, spanner wrench, and a carbide tip window punch. Surely, this will become his favorite tool in his bunker pants.
3. The Cop Dad
Fast, smooth, safe and simple. What more could you ask for in a pocket knife? Patented Max-Lock technology secures the blade closed when not in use and double locks the Liner-Lock when open, even if the Liner Lock is inadvertently dis-engaged.
4. The EMS Dad
This is the best knick knack kit around. What’s better, all the instruments in this set are colored, making it easy to determine which instruments belong to you. They will fit well in your duty belt and the colors will make them easy to access when you need them the most.
5. The Training Dad
Still in training? Not a problem – we’ve got plenty of gizmos and gadgets for this Dad. These training cuffs open just by rotating wrists, making it easier to practice your technique again and again. This product features a Double-lock for advanced training.
On this anniversary of 9/11, more than a decade removed from that fateful day in New York, Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon and around the country, many people will take time out of their day to remember those lost.
Hundreds of first responders – police and law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel – perished as well and many died from medical issues in the months and years following.
Remembering those lost
Moments of silence will be held in locations around the country. Speeches will be given. The event will be talked about on television, on line and in classrooms. Private and personal remembrances will take place.
Police and fire departments will also be holding small ceremonies. From Marblehead, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia to cities and towns in New Mexico and around the country, police and other first responders will be marking the day with special honors.
New York Times
Grim toll of 9/11 still being borne 12 years later
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
- Medical Gloves and Infection Control
- Diagnostic Equipment
- First Aid Supplies
- Medical Accesories
- CPR, Oxygen and Resuscitation
- Immobilization, Splinting and Extrication Supplies
Galls Carries Medical Supplies from the Leading Brands Including…
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.
Yes, Galls carries a number of items from London Bridge Trading.
London Bridge Trading is a high quality manufacturer out of Virginia Beach, VA that cranks out reliable gear for today’s first responders and military agencies.
- Accessories and Kits
One example of the London Bridge Trading gear carried at Galls is the CQC Training Chest Guard. This protective chest guard offers features to help you be effective yet safe while offering the insights that may help save your students’ lives.
- A HIGH GEAR™ helmet (available as a component of a HIGH GEAR Suit) fits snugly within the raised protective collar to afford an added level of safety during contact drills
- Custom foam protects your carotid region
- Red and orange embroidery helps students zero in on lethal and less-than-lethal target zones
- Non-restrictive forearm and biceps padding offers added protection at vital nerve points, still enables role players to engage in all-out simulations, defending against stabbing thrusts, gun grabs, clinches and punches
- One size fits all
How do you do it?
Fortunately, fitness doesn’t have to be that complex.
Realistically, being fitter is based on two simple rules:
1) Get your body moving on a regular basis; and
2) Eat real, whole foods – and less junk food
Sticking to these 2 rules will help you get you to where you want to be. For some of us, that’s having our pants fit a little looser or perhaps just a general feeling of being ‘more comfortable’ in our clothes. For others, it might be feeling less tired at the end of a work shift or more energetic throughout the day.
So, how can you do this?
1) This is the hardest part – it takes a commitment.
Real change takes some effort. That might mean bypassing late night snacks or getting up earlier to go for a short run. But once you start making these changes, even if they’re a little difficult at first, they become easier with time and consistency. Seeing small levels of improvement is also a great motivator too.
2) Focusing on a specific goal is a good approach.
Trying to focus on overall health or fitness is too nebulous, but having a concrete goal is a better plan. Working on losing 5 pounds over 2 months is achievable. Working toward running 2 miles in under 25 minutes is achievable. Small goals can equal large improvement and keep you headed in the right direction.
3) Get moving.
Trying to get in some physical activity everyday will help. That can be yardwork a dog walk or a football throwing session with your son. It doesn’t always have to be a scheduled jog or bike ride or swimming laps session. Keeping it simple – and enjoyable – helps.
4. Just a few exercises.
If you’re exercising in a gym (or event the garage or basement), keep the exercises simple. Stick to a few core exercises until you start to see improvement or get into a routine. You can always add or change exercises later when you want to mix things up.
5. Eat real foods.
Trade the pop tarts for eggs, the chips for carrots. It’s not easy of course, but making these changes will impact your waist line, your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and affect your overall health. After a month of eating ‘better’ you will show results. Adding water will help as well. Vegetables, fruits, lean meats, dairy, nuts, beans, whole grains, eggs, seeds are what you need to be focusing on.
6. Eat less.
Most people eat too much, and eat too much of the wrong food. Eventually that will catch up with you. To lose weight, you need to eat less. Again though, take small steps. Trying to go completely healthy from day one is something most people won’t be able to do. Start by phasing out high calorie, easily identifiable junk food. Skip the late night snacks or cut back on fast food visits. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference that makes.
Making the effort is the key to success. Give it time, keep the commitment to your own health and you’ll be seeing improvement before you know it.
As a first responder, managing stress and focusing on personal development can take effort. Because you’re so used to giving support to others, it can take energy and discipline to focus on the benefits of personal physical health and a positive and grounded mental approach.
But it is important. And while it’s important to you specifically, it’s also beneficial for the people and communities you serve.
At Galls, we look to provide helpful information to give you the tools you need to be a great public safety officer. Here are some helpful posts from the last year…
Law Enforcement and the Power of Relationships
In the world of Law Enforcement and Public Safety, the value of relationships are powerful and important.
Why are they so important? Because relationships are the foundation for positive and successful police work. Your ability to create and maintain solid relationships with those you interact with are key.
Relationships affect the level of service you provide to the public as well as your ability to relate to victims, witnesses, suspects and criminals. Investing in these relationships will allow you to do a better job, and ultimately, be a better and more effective police officer…read the entire article here.
Police Officer, EMS, Firemen? 5 Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us!
From now until the week after New Years can feel like a race, with everyone rushing to buy gifts, decorate the house and visit family and friends.
It’s difficult not to get caught up in the stress and pressure that the holidays can create. But it’s also important to find time to relax, slow down the pace a bit and enjoy the special moments.
So how do you do that? Here are 5 quick tips for managing stress during the holidays…read the entire article here.
More Holiday Stress Tips for Cops, Fire and EMS
While a certain level of stress will always play a role within the working environment of public safety personnel, the holiday season, with it’s demands and constraints can add to the level of stress you feel.
It’s important to recognize that you can stay above the fray, and when stress levels do begin to creep up, you can deal with them effectively and get back to a state of healthy operations.
Though many of our customers at Galls are well aware of this week, we feel it’s our duty to make sure others have not forgotten.
We certainly appreciate all that is done hour by hour across the country to help injured citizens with pre-hospital emergency medical care. The timely response of these EMS personnel is often a matter of life and death!
Promoted and financially supported by The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), “National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s front line.”
Information about EMS Week that can be used this week and throughout the year for public education and safety programs can be found by visiting the ACEP website here.
Emergency medical workers – EMT’s, paramedics and even police and firefighters – are the first responders who arrive at emergency scenes. Their efforts bring stability to what are often very confusing moments for the general public.
First, their presence is reassuring. But primarily, they are there to help injured citizens in the most effective and efficient manner that their training allow.
For anyone who’s life or health has been placed into the hands of these men and women, they fully understand the reasoning behind devoting a week to honoring emergency medical providers.
For more information about what the EMS does, visit the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Their site outlines what EMS is and what their roles are.
Looking for a great deal of information regarding law enforcement, firefighting or emergency medical services all in one location online?
Try visiting the Responder Knowledge Base, a website supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In one centralized location, first responders of all types can find unbiased and up-to-date information regarding key public safety focus areas.
- Law Enforcement
- Emergency Medical Services/Public Safety
- Emergency Management
- Fire Service
- Public Safety Communications
The stated mission of the Responder Knowledge Base is to provide emergency responders, purchasers, and planners with a trusted, integrated, online source of information on products, standards, certifications, grants, and other equipment-related information.
In each of the five focus areas, users will find information specific to their line of duty. Each focus area consists of categories that do a deeper dive into other web links and useful information.
Those categories include:
- Archived Grants and Assistance Programs
- Web Links
- Publications and References
- Safety Notices
- Training and Education
- Operational Assessments
For first responders, the Responder Knowledge Base can be a tremendous resource. For individuals it offers a way to learn new things and also hone existing skills. For agencies and organizations, it’s a way to help train employees and offer up a greater breadth of information than could be parsed out internally due to manpower or resource limitations.
If you find the information at the Responder Knowledge Base useful – and you find yourself coming back to the site frequently – you can become a registered user. As a registered user, you’ll have even more access and increased usability of the website. According the site, there are over 75,000 registered users.
If you know of other resource websites that you would recommend to first responders, please let us know in the comment section below.