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Are you tough enough?

Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step Up and Lead is by far one of the best leadership books I’ve had the privilege of reading (twice). So much so, that I’ve asked him to collaborate with me on a project where I will take his LEADERS TEACH acronym and explore each topic as an…


Posted on July 31, 2015 at 9:11am


How selfless are you? Would you put the needs of others before your own? A true leader thinks of their men and women first, giving them the spotlight of recognition and praise, while accepting the blame when things go wrong. Remember, it's not about you anymore!

Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step…


Posted on July 31, 2015 at 9:08am


Firefighters, like any superhero worth their cape and cowl, act when called upon without hesitation or protest! They are reliable anytime and anywhere, to do everything within their power to make right that which is wrong. How reliable are you? Do you do your job and duties to best of your ability? Nothing speaks…


Posted on July 27, 2015 at 9:57am


How enthusiastic are you about the job? Your duties? Training? Your people? Get excited, folks - this is the greatest calling in the world and we get to be a part of it every day!

Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step Up and Lead is by far one of the best leadership books I’ve had…


Posted on July 27, 2015 at 7:00am


I have always loved the children's fable The Little Engine That Could. Its simple promise that if you work hard and are determined enough, you will conquer whatever obstacles may lay ahead. I believed it as a child, and I still believe it as an adult because my very career, both as a…


Posted on July 10, 2015 at 2:57pm

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At 5:40am on April 24, 2012, seguridad y rescate eu said…

well from the south of america ! exactly COLOMBIA a firefigther say ! YOU ARE THE MAN ! great job great art ! some of my partners are practicing the english just for can smiley and enjoy your art ! please never stop ! 

At 6:57pm on February 10, 2012, Shannon Kobe said…

Paul:  I would like to ask your permission to use your art work showing the two firefighters in the jump seat with one that has a sign "I ve Been Thinking About Suicide Please Help" can you give me a call at 250-732-3924 or email:   I am the executive director for North American Firefighter Veteran Network on the web  We are hitting back at the suicides in the service and your art work on this is what is needed to be on every wall in every firehall in America.....can we talk...thanks  

shannon pennington

ex iaff 26 year career firefighter

At 2:23pm on December 28, 2011, Mary Ann Hooton said…

I have a lot of reading ahead of me....2012 is gearing up to be a busy year

At 2:03pm on December 28, 2011, Mary Ann Hooton said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Paul! I'm looking forward to gaining valuable insight from all the articles and postings (as soon as I learn how to navigate the pages lol)

At 9:52pm on August 18, 2011, Ron Antalek said…
Superior artist! Always enjoy the artwork and then study the message. Keep up the great work it inspires an entire nation of firefighters!
At 9:29am on June 14, 2011, Mike France said…
PAul - have a great idea for one here, My Wife Dee is a FF, Plus DEC Ranger and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer , idead how about some thing to show FF's supporting Cancer awareness . thanks and keep up the good work
At 6:49pm on March 25, 2011, Bill Herman said…

Paul -

Big fans of your artwork here !

Please check your email ( regarding an annual fundraiser we do here for the Great Lakes Burn Camp. Would love and appreciate a donation of art from you.


At 9:41am on February 10, 2011, Dee Wesson-France said…
Your Welcome
At 8:43am on February 10, 2011, Dee Wesson-France said…
Outstanding Art work
At 4:24pm on November 16, 2010, Jerry Wells said…
Hey Paul, Thanks for the awesome comments about my article. How Ironic that you took the time to write me. I have your book in front of me with many of the pages already bookmarked with favorite cartoons. Our department has purchased one for every station. Wow! You nail each of us in one way or another. What a great gift and a wonderful way to impact this country's fire service family. Jerry Wells

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City of Bryan F.D.
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Manpower and Staffing
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter II; NREMT-B; HazMat Technician; Fire Instructor I; Fire Officer I
Topics you provide training for:
Ground Ladders; Search and Rescue; RIT
Areas of expertise:
Editorial Cartoonist for Fire Engineering, Fireengineering, and JEMS.

Ground Ladders; Search and Rescue; RIT
Paul Combs is a classically trained artist, award winning illustrator, and firefighter/EMT. That’s right, this unlikely combination has made Paul one of the most compelling and distinctive cartoonist/illustrators in America today. Paul burst onto the scene of emerging illustrators with a refreshing new style that married classical realism, manic energy and a zany imagination for caricature. His lavishly detailed illustrations are published worldwide in newspapers, magazines (print and online), and books. He also contributes editorial cartoons to Fire Engineering magazine, Fire, JEMS, and Public Safety Communications on a monthly basis.
In conjunction with his career as an illustrator, Lieutenant Combs is a fifteen-year veteran firefighter for the city of Bryan (Ohio) Fire Department where he is a Firefighter II, NREMT-B, HazMat Technician and Instructor for the City of Bryan Fire Training Academy.

Paul is the author of Drawn By Fire.
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