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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 — No 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

TURK THE TERRIBLE

Turk is big. Turk is tough. Turk is nasty, and Turk is rough. But little did Turk know, that on one faithful call, in a tree big and tall, that he would become smitten with a kitten named Toots. Now, embarrassed and shocke…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 3, 2014 at 2:39pm — No Comments

SNAKE BITE

The Star Of Life symbol represents many things; Detection, Reporting, Response, On-Scene Care, Care In Transit, Transfer to Definitive Care, and at the center of it all is the ancient Greek symbol, the Staff of Asclepius. However, my interpretation has another element - Accountability For Your…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 30, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

THOSE COOL CARCINOGENS



You walk into a department store and pick up that brightly colored shirt you've been looking for all over town. However, on the rack you notice a sign that reads "Caution: Clothing Contains Known Carcinogens." Would you still buy the shirt? Would you wear it proudly and show off a selfie with you…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 20, 2014 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

JUNE MAGAZINE CARTOON - THAT THINGAMAJIG

If you don't know what it is, or how to use it, maybe it's time to train on it! We all have tools and appliances that are on our rigs, but are very seldom used - that's no excuse not to know how to use them. Train, train, and then train a little…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 18, 2014 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

IT'S PROGRESS, BY A NOSE!



Change is inevitable, but there are those who cling to the past like a monkey with fuzzy hands grabbing a Velcro banana (get it? fuzzy, Velcro… ok, that was bad, but you get the visual). However, change brings progress, and progress is good. We need progress. Progress in gear, progress in apparatus,…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 29, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

THANK YOU!

The term two-hatter has traditionally been used in the fire service to recognize firefighters who work for a career fire department, as well as volunteer for another. However, on this Memorial Day, I would like to recognize another two-hatter - the men and women who serve as firefighters in their…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 23, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments

TOO MANY FINGERS!



When things go wrong, too many fingers are typically pointing in every direction except the one place they should be - at you!  If you're the problem, stop blaming others, step up, man up, fess up, and be accountable for your actions.



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Added by Paul Combs on May 15, 2014 at 3:14pm — No Comments

YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!

...and it's an epidemic!



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Added by Paul Combs on May 8, 2014 at 8:12am — No Comments

STABBED



There are those of us who have a very supportive Council Council and Mayor, unfortunately there are also some who know the sting of this cartoon all too…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 1, 2014 at 8:26pm — No Comments

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