From the time we are children, we are told to be afraid of monsters. Monsters under the bed. Monsters in the closet. The monster in that dark and treacherous basement that our parents never wanted us to explore alone. As we grew older, our teenage monsters changed to be the bully in second-period…Continue
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The Super Bowl - the pinnacle of professional football greatness, myth and lore, where there have been some amazing athletes who can claim to be the glorious victors, or the devastated runner-up. However, one thing is for certain, whether you are the winner or loser of the BIG game – they all got there by…Continue
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NEW Fire Engineering January editorial illustration.
You as an instructor are there for your students, they are not there to pad your ego! I have seen way too many instructors and officers who love to…Continue
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Ghosts by Chief Jim…
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From Chief Bobby Halton,
Firefighters, Support H.R. 973/S. 1651 or H.R. 711 Now!
Fairness—you hear that word a lot today. “I will make sure they pay their fair share” is something we hear constantly from politicians about taxes. The first income tax code was established by…Continue
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There is a common understanding among the firefighter and EMT community that there are lives that can’t be saved or rescued. It’s a fact of life, and death. Usually those lives are lost due to circumstances beyond our perceived control, and most of us have come to grips with this certainty so we can focus…Continue
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Today I publish an illustration that was harder to draw than I thought it would be - and I knew it would be hard! The subject of alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and drunk driving is at times a taboo subject in the firehouse and our national conferences. We eagerly discuss tactics, obesity, cancer,…Continue
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
STAY FIRED UP, and stay safe out there!
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NEW Fire Engineering editorial cartoon: Charging Nowhere.
This commentary came to me while presenting Get Fired Up at a regional fire conference where an instructor was boasting about how his training…
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My very first encounter with Chief Alan Brunacini was not what I would have hoped for. I was attending my first FDIC and was sitting through a presentation on how to submit articles to become a Fire Engineering author. Being the introvert that I am, I naturally sat in the back row while taking notes. Chief Lasky had…Continue
We are reading more and more situations where firefighters are getting reprimanded, suspended, and in some cases fired for what is being shared and posted on-line. It's a brave new world of social media horizons and we must realize that all actions have potential consequences - whether intentional…
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Disclaimer: I am not a trained physiologist, licensed therapist, experienced marriage counselor, nor wise in the ways of relationships… I'm barely housebroken! So, posting an illustration about marital matters is more than a little uncomfortable for me, especially since my perspective here is from the…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on October 5, 2017 at 8:26am — No Comments
Fire Engineering Magazine September editorial illustration.
Remember, there are more lives in your hands than your own when you set behind the wheel. Be trained. Be rested. Be mentally ready for anything and everything.
Stay Fired Up, and be ready!…
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Never forget, and keep those still suffering with the scars of that day in your thoughts and prayers.
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We Americans can be rebellious by nature, quarrelsome to the point of violence, contentious toward our elected officials, suspicious of our neighbors, and melodramatic about the most insignificant of events. That being said, I will argue that no other nation comes together as a people when tragedy strikes…Continue
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Well, anything worth doing is worth doing in your skivvies.
Stay Fired Up, and be your own dog!
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