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THE PERFECT FIT

The fire service is rich in tradition, stories, pomp, and legacies - and it is legacy that brings me full circle to this cartoon. Some families can boast generations of service to a community, or having married into another fire service family to carry on a lineage that in some cases spans a century. Me? I’m…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 4, 2014 at 2:59pm — 3 Comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



Enjoy family and friends, and be thankful for all who are in your life. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everybody!

Added by Paul Combs on November 27, 2014 at 8:37am — No Comments

LIKE A FLYING BRICK



Tankers are big, they are bulky, top heavy, and were never intended to be driven at a high rate of speed. However, when you mix adrenaline, inexperience, and complacency, these vital resources can become killers. 



I've attached a link to a Fire Engineering article from 1998 by Dale Perry that…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 26, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

WITCHCRAFT SCIENCE



Well, you know which side of the isle I sit on. Below are some excellent links that further explain the science, research, and applied tactical aspects of the flow path study and SLICE-RS.…





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Added by Paul Combs on November 17, 2014 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

THE CONDUCTOR



Leading a crew of diverse personalities can be challenging. As a fire officer it is your job to make sure everyone on your team is being as productive as possible, even if you have to adjust how you treat each individual to do so. The more effective you are at individualizing your leadership style, the…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Drawn By Fire: A Decade Of Fired Up 'Toons - FDIC 2015

Drawn By Fire: A Decade Of Fired Up 'Toons.

2015 FDIC Classroom Session



It is an honor to be selected to present my class at FDIC and you are all cordially invited to hear me ramble on about my cartoons and their (hopeful) impact. It's going to be fun, we're going to have some laughs, and you may just leave the classroom inspired to do something great! There will be a violin case at the back of the classroom for tips…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 31, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

SAFETY TREAT

Happy Halloween, everybody - may your bags be full of treats and your smoke detectors plentiful!





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Added by Paul Combs on October 28, 2014 at 2:22pm — 4 Comments

HARVEY EISNER

Chief Harvey Eisner was a wealth of knowledge and insight - and an important force in my early career as a fire service editorial cartoonist. He and I talked in 2005 during my first Firehouse Expo about creating cartoons for Firehouse magazine (I had already been creating cartoons for Firehouse.com for a…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 25, 2014 at 12:14pm — No Comments

BRITTLE FITNESS



We all know the importance of staying physically fit to perform our duties, improve stamina, and decrease injury, but very few of us take flexibility as seriously. As a firefighter who is looking 50 square in the eyes, I can tell you that the ol' joints just don't respond and react as they used to, and…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 24, 2014 at 7:23am — 3 Comments

WHISTLING THROUGH THE GRAVEYARD



Are you whistling through the graveyard?



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Added by Paul Combs on October 8, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

ZOMBIE SHOCK



I couldn't resist a little pre-Halloween fun. Beware of the unexpected - especially during the bewitching month of October.





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Added by Paul Combs on October 2, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

THE CHOSEN ONE



I am a firm believer in earning your place - starting from the bottom of the ladder, doing the less desirable jobs, while climbing to the roof. New firefighters must prove themselves in what seemingly matters little, and more experienced firefighters will notice - and in turn trust them with more important…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 24, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

GOING NOWHERE FAST



Times, they are a changin'... whether it be tactics, strategy, equipment, technology, and/or knowledge. However, we must remember to respect and learn from the lessons of those who came before us and implement those lessons in our way forward. The future is built on the wisdom of our…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 15, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

343 And Counting...


"Never Forget" also means never forgetting all those we've lost since 9/11/01. It's 343 and counting...


Added by Paul Combs on September 11, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY





I could say many things about these cartoons and my personal experiences, but I am going to give this space up for a…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 9, 2014 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

BOOTS AND MARGARITAS

Here's a little end of Summer silliness. Enjoy our last few days of warmth, brothers and sisters - snow is just around the corner.





Take care, stay safe, and always make a difference!

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Added by Paul Combs on August 30, 2014 at 9:55am — No Comments

ICE BUCKET KNUCKLEHEADS



Many of us have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, and have challenged others to donate and help bring awareness to ALS. Unfortunately, firefighters being the competitive creatures that we are, have been taking this a little too far and injuring themselves and others (much like the Cold Water…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 23, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

AUGUST Magazine Cartoon


It's obvious where I stand on interior attack regarding known hoarder homes. What are your thoughts?



Added by Paul Combs on August 8, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

CAREFULL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!



Feeling a little silly today, but my guess is there a more than a few of you out there who can relate!

Take care, stay safe, and always make a difference!

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Added by Paul Combs on July 28, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

THE CANNONBALL - June Fire Engineering Magazine Commentary



Here's my Fire Engineering June issue cartoon, and to prove that blind luck does exist, here's a just published article from CBS about firefighter obesity.  …



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Added by Paul Combs on July 11, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

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