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A Firefighter’s Cauldron – The Perfect Halloween Chili

firefighter cook offIt’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:

  1. 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.
  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.
  3. 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.
  4. If using fresh chiles, roast before adding to chili.
  5. Aim for the right balance by using a range of spicy, smoky and sweet chiles.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Finely mince all vegetables.
  10. Serve chili with condiments, such as diced radishes, grated Cheddar cheese, crackers or crushed tortilla chips, sour cream and fresh, diced herbs.

Vintage Photographs of Female Firefighters

Thank you Buzzfeed for bringing these exquisite photographs to the public’s attention in the viral article “25 Stunning Vintage Photographs of Female Firefighters.” Women have been firefighters for longer than most people realize: in fact, for almost 200 years. Luckily, this article provides proof of these historic accomplishments in women’s history. Here are the top 10 photographs we’ve selected as our favorites.

1. 1916, The UK Women’s Fire Brigade takes a salute.

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2. 1916, Conducting a drill with hoses and extinguishers.

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3. 1916, Putting a fire escape into position.



4. 1926, A member of the Achille Serre Ladies Fire Brigade in London.



5. 1928, A rescue drill in progress.



6. 1939, An AFS member during morning inspection at a Manchester fire station.



7. 1941, Women train at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during WWII.



8. 1941, Training at the UK’s Royal Northern Hospital in Holloway practice for blitz fires.



9. 1938, a female firefighter models a new uniform.



10. 1942, Training at the Imperial War Museum Fire Fighting School


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.


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.

Source: NFPA.org