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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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Added by Paul Combs on December 1, 2016 at 4:05pm — No Comments

BOBBY KNOWS POLITICS

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everybody!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 31, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

MORNING ZOMBIES



Stay clear of the morning zombies!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 24, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments

VESTIFICATION



Sometimes the best way is to just keep it simple and direct!



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Added by Paul Combs on September 21, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

BEAT IT - September Fire Engineering magazine illustration.

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."  - Thomas Jefferson



I love this quote by our third U.S. President. A man of vision,…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 15, 2016 at 3:19pm — No Comments

NO EXCUSE



Yes, I've drawn another "wear your seat belt" cartoon! SPOILER ALERT: I will continue to draw them until we have 100% participation and everybody clicks that buckle (and that means your POV, too). So, scoff and ridicule if you wish, but I will draw my conscience and share my passion on this subject as long as…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 31, 2016 at 7:28am — No Comments

LOVE AND GORGE

The great thing about drawing cartoons is I have the ability to make people speak the truth within the frame of my work. And with the resent news about skyrocketing drug costs, this cartoon seemed appropriate... and true. I'm all for a free market, but the outrageous drug industry gorging on the sick and…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 26, 2016 at 7:41am — No Comments

BROTHERHOOD BURNING

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

― Socrates



Apparently Socrates was a man of vision to foresee civility's death by the social media firing squad! We have forgotten how to have a disagreement in this country (and perhaps globally) and how…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 17, 2016 at 2:49pm — No Comments

THE MAGICIAN

We all know that one person, don’t we? The one who was promoted to a leadership role when they have no leadership qualities whatsoever. They have said all the right things to the right people, done the bare minimum to get ahead, and now find themselves in a position of management over firefighters that…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 28, 2016 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

POP CULTURE FOLLY

Don't laugh, I bet you a Bulbasaur and a Squirtle that somebody has thought about doing this! Pop culture and the way we humans fawn over it has always fascinated me, if not at times dazed and confused me. But, as any good cartoonist would, I'm having my own brand of fun with it.



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Added by Paul Combs on July 25, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments

INFORMATION SUPERPOWER - July Magazine Editorial Cartoon

There's no real power to having knowledge that you refuse to share with others. Regardless of your reasons, you are not smarter or empowered by what you know when it's kept in your self-centered locked mind of superior denial. Knowledge only works when you use what you know to lift others, so they can in…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

THE HYDRATION PROCLAMATION

Heat related illnesses can lead to countless issues including fatigue, nausea, disorientation, injury, and in extreme situations sudden cardiac events. It's hot out there, brothers and sisters - so remember to hydrate and get that gear off as soon as possible.



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Added by Paul Combs on July 6, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

THE SPAGHETTI RETROSPECTIVE

Training is not just for the bread and butter tasks, but to sharpen skills that we rarely use, too. This cartoon focuses on one of those tasks: standpipe training, tactics and operation. Are standpipes a resource that we use often? Most of us would probably say no. Is utilizing standpipe…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 22, 2016 at 8:14am — No Comments

THE BLAME - June Fire Engineering Magazine Editorial Cartoon

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Added by Paul Combs on June 13, 2016 at 7:27am — No Comments

FALSE IDOLS

Spring and Summer bring an onslaught of action packed movies sporting muscle-bound studs and mercenary vixens who leap and punch their way into the American culture with gravity defying ease. I admit, I'm guilty of enjoying the latest exploits and theatrics of Captain America, too. But what happens when…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 27, 2016 at 8:08am — No Comments

THE MOTIVATION COACH

So, what's your motivation?



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Added by Paul Combs on May 25, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments

CIVIL TACTICS - MAY FIRE ENGINEERING MAGAZINE



Firefighters are a spirited bunch, but social media has proven that we can be divisive, polarizing, and bombastic, too. It's human to have differing opinions, and that's what makes us a great culture and spurs change, but nothing gets accomplished by short-sighted opinions, contentious comments, and…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 11, 2016 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

CHEERS!

...as if wildfire season wasn't tough enough?!



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Added by Paul Combs on May 10, 2016 at 10:16am — No Comments

LEADERSHIP BURNING

In July of 64 A.D., a fire ravaged Rome for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half its population homeless. According to a well-known fable, Rome’s emperor, the unpopular and sadistic Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned.” As with all historical events, much can be learned from their triumphs and…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 25, 2016 at 1:16pm — No Comments

WELL OF KNOWLEDGE

It's that time of year again. Time to greet old friends, meet new ones, learn from the best instructors on the planet, and see what new innovations the fire industry has to offer. Yep, it's FDIC time! I look forward to this week all year and can't wait to get the show rolling.



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Added by Paul Combs on April 15, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments

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