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Bates Boots And Galls Team Up To Bring You Boots And Shoes For A Year!

Win Bates Boots for Every Occasion!

Just visit the Galls Facebook Page for this special deal! Then click on the Promotions tab.

In a new promotion launched on August 8, you have a chance to Win Bates Boots for an Entire Year!

Galls is partnering with Bates Footwear to award 2 fans a year’s worth of Bates boots and shoes! For FREE!

All you have to do is enter on the Promotions tab at the Galls Facebook Page, fill out your name, email and address – then you’re done.

For each winner, footwear will be custom tailored to their needs.

To enter, fill out the form at the Galls Facebook Page and don’t forget to “like” us for the latest news and deals!

Don’t wait. This promotion ends September 8, 2011.

Bates Footwear of Rockford, Michigan provides boots, shoes and other accessories to police and military customers. Bates has a great reputation for offering footwear designed to respond to your work and duty needs.

Galls is the authority in providing public safety equipment and apparel. At Galls, you can choose from a wide selection of everyday equipment needs for law enforcement, EMS, military and firefighter personnel.

Galls Customer Reviews

At Galls, we take pride in providing great customer service. We realize that our customers are our partners and without them – without you – we would cease to exist.

It’s always nice to hear from you! So please drop us a line at 1-800-477-7766 or help-desk@galls.com. You can even reach out on Facebook or Twitter and we can typically get a response out to you very quickly.

Below are some recent customer posts on Facebook:

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We enjoy getting this kind of response:

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Comfortable clothes and fast FREE shipping!:

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Orders don’t always go as expected. When that happens, we work really hard to rectify the situation and offer solutions. We want to make you happy with your shopping experience with Galls:

Our customer service agents are our front line of communication:

Galls customer service agents can handle every question you might have – just ask:

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If you ever have a question about a purchase – whether you’re shopping online or in the catalog – please don’t hesitate to call us. If you have an issue with an order you placed or need to return a product, please also contact us.

You can reach customer service at 1-800-477-7766 or help-desk@galls.com

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Do First Responders Have The Tools To Communicate Properly?

Do first responders have have the ability to communicate properly and efficiently when emergencies occur?

Are first responders being given the tools necessary to communicate with other agencies in times of crisis?

A recent NPR.com article helps bring light to the discussion – and – what to do with a portion of the public airwaves that potentially could be used to create a wireless network to be used specifically by first responders and other public safety groups.

Jeff Johnson, past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, says first responders “lack the equivalent of the national interstate freeway system. What we have is a bunch of small local roads and streets, and they are built without contemplating what your neighboring community is doing.”

The opportunity? To allocate an unused portion of the public airwaves for use by police, fire and other first responders. This unused spectrum of the airwaves is referred to as the D-block.

During emergencies, this network would allow police, fire and other agencies to: D-block airwaves public safety

  • maintain uninterrupted service
  • speed communication
  • share video
  • share information
  • provide better safety efforts within local communities

On a basic, but vitally important level, this network would allow for easier communication between agencies which would result in better public safety services.

Sorting out the details of how this network would operate and sifting through its complexities is now a Congressional matter.

Vice President Joe Biden called it “our shot to significantly increase the safety and security of the American people. It is as important as anything we could do by a piece of legislation.”

And while most within the public forum support a national network, questions remain about how to achieve common goals. Some proponents offer a different perspective on the D-block spectrum. In a statement from John Kneuer, Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and External Affairs at Rivada Networks,

“What public safety needs most is not just ‘infrastructure’ or ‘spectrum.’ What it needs is capabilities such as priority access, survivability, and rapid recovery in a crisis, as well as specialized services to support their missions. All of these capabilities can be provided today by multiple vendors, leveraging existing infrastructure and spectrum.”

*At Galls we try to provide current and relevant information about issues that affect our customers. The question of how to better the communication abilities of public safety agencies is complex and varied. The intent of our blog post is to highlight the issue. We hope that you find the information valuable.

If you have comments or thoughts that you would like to add to the discussion, please post them below.

Choosing the Right Public Safety Boots

Choosing the right pair of boots for public safety use is extremely important. A good pair of work boots can make all the difference in how you feel at the end of a workday. Aching feet, sore leg muscles and potential back pain are issues that no one wants to deal with on a daily basis.

What are the benefits of choosing the right pair of boots?

  • Personal comfort
  • Better work enjoyment
  • Increased performance
  • Safety
  • Reduction of work related injuries – foot, leg and back pain
  • Career longevity

You may have never thought about your work boots this way, but the reality is that your choice of footwear is a vital component in making your workday a success.

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As you shop around for a new pair of boots, keep these attributes in mind.

  • Fit and Comfort
  • Intended Use
  • Performance and Durability
  • Value

Shopping for new boots can be overwhelming, but if you think about your daily work activities you can use the above attributes as a checklist.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Just think about what your daily routine is. What activities are you involved in? What regulations do you need to abide by? What do you expect from your footwear?

Fit and Comfort

First and foremost, finding boots that fit – and fit comfortably – is absolutely key. This is the footwear you’ll likely use for eight demanding hours a day (and likely more), week after week after week. You want your feet to be comfortable. Comfortable feet equal comfortable backs.

Choosing the right size is the first step. Don’t purchase boots that are too small or too large. It’s good to try on the shoes with the actual socks you intend to wear with them.

If you found a pair that you like, walk around in them. Do a quick sprint or some knee bends to see how the shoes react to different activities.

Does the shoe have a cushioned sole? Is it easy to put on and take off? These are simple but important questions that will affect your buying decision. Remember, fit and comfort are based on how you feel. Accept other opinions, but try the shoes on.

Intended Use

The second thing you want to consider when shopping for new boots is their intended use. What do you do at work? How active are you? Are you a city cop or a volunteer fireman in a rural district?

Thinking through what your daily activities are will influence the style of boots that you buy.

If you have a desk job, a traditional dress uniform oxford is probably the better choice for you as it will provide the needed comfort your daily routine requires. The other option to consider is a more athletic and work oriented oxford that is part tennis shoe and part work boot.  oxford police shoe

If you’re looking for boots, here are some things to consider:

  • Does your boot need to be waterproof or water resistant?
  • Do you need steel toe or composite toe protection?
  • Will you require an insulated boot?
  • Do you need a quarterboot or full sized boot?
  • Will a shoe with metal affect your activity?

It’s important to understand the need for steel toe protection. If you worry about things or people striking your toes during the workday, then consider steel toe boots.

However, if you routinely go through metal detectors and other security checkpoints at airports, courthouses and other governmental buildings perhaps a composite toe would be a better choice. Composite toe boots can offer nearly the same protection as a steel toe boot, but are lighter weight and are more ‘friendly’ to metal detectors.

Performance and Durability

Once you’ve thought through how you’ll use your boots, you may want to consider how they will perform during your daily duties. This is less about what you will use them for and more about how you will use them.

This is also a good time to read through reviews of boots, paying attention to what others have said about them. It makes good sense to read both the positive and negative reviews. After reading through the reviews you’ll have a better sense of what is important to you. But again, remember, footwear is personal and opinions are subjective. Try to form your own opinion based on as much information you can get.

Here are some further things to consider: 

  • Does the boot allow for ‘easy on’ and ‘easy off’?
  • Will they be slip resistant on wet floors, steps, pavement and terrain?
  • Are they easy to keep clean?
  • Do they offer shock absorbing padding – for walking and occasional running
  • Are they lightweight?

Your boots are going to be used for a variety of activities, from mundane routines to challenging conditions. Do you need a boot that can take a beating? Do you need one that’s lightweight, but can withstand the rigors of public safety?

Value

And lastly, you must consider value. To do that, you need to determine what the boot is worth to you verse how much it is going to cost?

When contemplating value, consider:

  • How much does it cost?
  • Am I going to foot the entire bill myself? (yes, pun intended)
  • How often will I use the boots?
  • How long do I expect them to last?
  • What am I sacrificing if I don’t purchase the right boot?

Overwhelmed? You shouldn’t be. Most of the decision-making process is subconscious and intuitive. Your personal tastes balanced with your work requirements will lead you in the right direction every time. Yet, you are making an important decision and it’s always best to gather as much information upfront as you can.

At Galls, we want you to find the work boot that’s right for you. If you have any further thoughts on choosing the right boot or other work footwear, please let us know in the comments below.

iPhone Apps for Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS Personnel

The increasing popularity of smart phones – and iPhones in particular – has given rise to a plethora of apps that can be used by law enforcement, military, fire and EMS personnel.

Some of these applications can be extremely useful. Others are simply just interesting. And others, well, others are just plain fun.

Here is a quick overview of some apps that you may – or may not – be aware of. Try them out and let us know how they work for you. We’ll try to share more apps as we stumble upon them.

Police Scanner 2:  $4.99  Police Scanner 2 is the first interactive police scanner application for the iPhone. Alert friends to emergency broadcast streams in real time with text messages. This app also allows users to record interesting events and save them to replay later.

Phone Aid:  $1.99  Need to practice or even possibly perform CPR? This app will help walk you through the steps for administering CPR as well as how to manage situations where someone is choking. Is it worth the two dollar cost? Yes, it’s even been credited with having helped in saving someone’s life in Los Angeles, CA.

911 Toolkit:  $7.99  A great addition to any firefighter’s toolkit, it’s also great for EMT’s, paramedics, hazmat teams and other emergency responders. Now a universal app so you get iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch support with one purchase.

Med Spanish:  $2.99  This app helps doctors and medical personnel learn common medical words and phrases in Spanish to help bridge the communication process.  The app breaks common words and phrases into dozens of grammar categories including adjectives, adverbs and basic words. Medical categories also exist, including prenatal, emergency and much more.

Field Contact:  $4.99  The most technologically advanced and convenient way to document, photograph, search and email all aspects of your law enforcement contacts directly to your iPhone.

FBI Most Wanted:  Free  Straight from the U.S. Government, this app outlines the FBI’s top 10 most wanted criminals and top 10 terrorists with photos and background information. There is another feature that allows you to search for missing children. Supposedly, you can also drop the FBI a line straight from your phone.

These last two are just plain fun…

SirenFx – Police / Emergency Sound Effects:  $0.99  Sirens and emergency sounds – now that sounds like a lot of fun! Imagine the pranks you can play.

Kids Fireman: This app is great for those of you with younger children. Let them push buttons, make sounds and save kittens!

Finding Value In The Chain Of Command

What importance does a Chain of Command have in a police or fire department? Is there value involved in having a structured and defined chain of command?

The answer of course is a resounding “Yes!”

If you’re reading this blog post, you’re most likely affiliated with a police, fire or other public safety department or agency. And, most likely, you’re very familiar with the nuances of your departments’ chain of command.

But do you always consider the value and importance that the chain of command brings?

Very simply, chain of command is a well defined system for efficiently managing a large group of people. It’s been used for thousands of years to bring structure and form to all sorts of organizations. From the building of the pyramids to directing the Roman army to the U.S. Postal System to the corporate management of Google, variations of chain of command help give structure to organizations.

The chain of command for an organization outlines authority and responsibility and influences the way in which communication occurs. It establishes a means for addressing issues and concerns with those more senior, less senior or equal to your role. And it determines everyone’s role within a large group.

How Chain of Command Benefits You:

  • it helps you understand your role, duties and responsibilities
  • offers stability and structure
  • protects those above and below you
  • keeps people in line
  • makes communication more efficient
  • reinforces accountability

Naturally, the chain of command structure is dependent on the size of the department or agency. It’s also influenced by the number of indivudals making up the agency. And it’s certainly dependent on the services that the agency provides.

Below is an example of a Fire Department Chain of Command, this one being from the Canton Fire Department of Canton, Ohio. It illustrates how roles are defined and where certain positions fall within the organization.

Fire Dept Org Chart

An example of a much larger organization would be the New York City Police Department. The organization chart is to large to be featured here.

These examples help give an overview of how particular agencies structure their chain of command.

How is your department structured? Are you part of a large or small agency? Do you see the value in operating within a defined work environment?

Share your thoughts below.

Help Celebrate Public Safety Appreciation Month With Galls

In honor of National Safety Month, Galls is pleased to announce Public Safety Appreciation Month to recognize all of the men and women who work in public safety roles across the country.

We value your commitment and service to your local communities and to the nation at large. And we are extremely proud of the new and ongoing relationships we’ve established with:

  • Police Officers
  • Public Safety Officers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Fighters
  • Emergency Medical Responders
  • Federal Officials
  • Military Personnel

Through the Galls.com website, Galls Facebook page, Galls Twitter and through the Galls Blog, we’ve been able to have real conversations with you. We absolutely enjoy it.

Your engagement and interaction with us – your personal stories, your links to news reports and your shared accolades for others – shows how much you care about your fellow public safety officers.

We truly appreciate the connections we’ve made with you.

Please drop us a line to say hello – we’d love to talk.

 

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.

Source: ems.gov (http://www.ems.gov/vgn-ext-templating/ems/sol/HS808721.pdf)