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A BRIDGE TOO FAR

It has been a while since I’ve posted a new illustration. To be honest, since the loss of my friend to a car accident I have been in a two-month creative canyon (think Mariana Trench) where nothing seemed funny…

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Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:16am

PASSION AND DEDICATION

What is passion? What does it look like, sound like, feel like? Is it something we instinctively know when we are around its presence, or can it be palpated like a strong radial pulse? Every so often a person comes into our lives whose passionate light shines so bright that comets pale in comparison,…

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Posted on January 24, 2017 at 9:46am

IN THE MIDDLE

A pendulum swings to the extreme far right and to the extreme far left, and in the fire service, as in politics, common sense is somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately there is so much divisive chatter going on that it feels as if common sense is an ugly four-armed green-headed alien stepchild. Quiet the…

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Posted on January 13, 2017 at 11:04am

IS IMAGE EVERYTHING?

To say we live in a society of bold and colorful individuals is an understatement. One only needs to stroll down any city street to see people who would have once been characterized as “outsiders” or “one of them” pleasantly blending into modern society. It’s acceptable to be personality-loud! We…

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Posted on December 9, 2016 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

WE'VE GOT TO DO BETTER THAN THIS

We’ve got to do better than this.

It is with a heavy heart that I find myself mourning another brother as I write this blog post. A brother who was the epitome of dedication and passion, and who was loved by all who had the fortune to know him, or be the target of his shameless wit and humor.…

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Posted on December 1, 2016 at 4:05pm

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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:  firefighterveteran@hotmail.com   I am the executive director for North American Firefighter Veteran Network on the web firefighterveteran.com  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 

firefighterveteran.com

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 (paulcombs@cityofbryan.net) regarding an annual fundraiser we do here for the Great Lakes Burn Camp. Would love and appreciate a donation of art from you.

Cheers!

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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IS IMAGE EVERYTHING?

To say we live in a society of bold and colorful individuals is an understatement. One only needs to stroll down any city street to see people who would have once been characterized as “outsiders” or “one of them” pleasantly blending into modern society. It’s acceptable to be personality-loud! We “old-schoolers” may shake our…See More
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Profile Information

Department:
City of Bryan F.D.
Title/rank:
Firefighter/EMT
Years of public service:
15
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
Bio:
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 Engineering.com, 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.
Web site:
http://www.artstudioseven.com

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