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LIVES IN YOUR HANDS

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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Added by Paul Combs on September 18, 2017 at 8:45am — No Comments

SCARS!

Never forget, and keep those still suffering with the scars of that day in your thoughts and prayers.

Added by Paul Combs on September 11, 2017 at 8:31am — No Comments

UNITY

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 4, 2017 at 10:20am — No Comments

THAT HOMEY TOUCH

Well, anything worth doing is worth doing in your skivvies.



Stay Fired Up, and be your own dog!

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Added by Paul Combs on August 29, 2017 at 10:50am — No Comments

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

There are only six days left to recommend someone for the 2018 FDIC Honeywell Scholarship Program. Are you, or do you know, a firefighter/first responder who has made remarkable contributions to their local fire service? If so, nominate them today! It's a big deal!

Here's the ink: http://www.honeywelldupontfdicscholarship.com/

Added by Paul Combs on August 25, 2017 at 1:32pm — No Comments

TOTAL ECLIPSE

Always wear your innovative common sense glasses for proper protection from backwards thinking, stuck in the past, afraid to try new ideas, total eclipses.



Stay Fire Up, and always be ask "how can this be better?"…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 21, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments

IT GETS REAL!



There are a few professions where you can fake it through an entire career and never be exposed as a fraud - whether career or volunteer, firefighting is NOT one of them. Sure, you might slide for a while, but sooner or later you're going to ride the bull and there's simply nowhere to hide when you…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 4, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

NOT SO FAST!

There is a lot of derisive talk these days about appropriate aggressive tactics and when to use them… or not to use them… and quite a few people are making a name for themselves preaching the extremes on both sides of the banter. “Believe and act the way I do or you’re a…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 18, 2017 at 6:41am — No Comments

WHAT GOES AROUND...

I suppose this post could be considered a part-2 to my cartoon published last week regarding apathetic leaders pushing loyal people out the door. This week I want to discuss firefighters who are in a leadership role who constantly belittle, berate, and abuse newer firefighters -…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 26, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

WHEN PUSH COMES TO CRUSH

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Added by Paul Combs on June 19, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

HOUSE OF CARDS

June Fire Engineering magazine editorial illustration.



STAY FIRED UP, and train!



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Added by Paul Combs on June 16, 2017 at 8:23am — No Comments

NOTHING PERSONAL

Some firehouse traditions should not be messed with, right? But this whimsical take on our traditional carnivores-only-kitchen-club poses an interesting question about what tradition really means in the fire service, and when it's appropriate and advantageous to change it. Change never comes easy, even…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 31, 2017 at 9:31am — No Comments

GIVING THE FINGER

Well, that'll clear it up! The foam finger also comes in DayGlo yellow and orange so not to clash with the Command Vest. Hey, I'm all for fashion management (I may have just found another cartoon topic).



STAY FIRED UP!



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Added by Paul Combs on May 5, 2017 at 7:12am — No Comments

LONG WAY

Happy 140th Anniversary, Fire Engineering Magazine!

I can’t begin to tell you what an honor it is to be a small part of this magazine’s distinguished and rich heritage. The men and women who have written articles within these pages are literally a collection of the most important and…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 19, 2017 at 4:09pm — No Comments

FDIC RETROSPECTIVE

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Added by Paul Combs on April 17, 2017 at 7:37am — No Comments

THE PENALTY BOX

All hockey fans understand the significance of the penalty box. After all, it's a prime opportunity for your beloved team to score a goal with the sinister opposing squad short by one player on the ice, and the penalized team has to form a protective Death Star defense around the…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2017 at 9:26am — No Comments

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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Added by Paul Combs on March 21, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments

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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Added by Paul Combs on January 24, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments

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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Added by Paul Combs on January 13, 2017 at 11:04am — No Comments

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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Added by Paul Combs on December 9, 2016 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

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