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50 SHADES OF BLUSH



Too much? Nah! Who doesn't like a little pop culture parody - and Fifty Shades of Grey was just too juicy to pass on. 



So, what crazy or embarrassing calls have you been on? Share - but please, let's keep it PG rated - just the facts, ma'am.



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Added by Paul Combs on February 17, 2015 at 8:05am — No Comments

THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN!

DRAWN BY FIRE Flashback - The Circus Is In Town!

We are at times our own worst enemy.…





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Added by Paul Combs on February 10, 2015 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

LOYALTY: MORE THAN JUST WORDS



Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step Up and Lead is by far one of the best leadership books I’ve had the privilege of reading (twice). So much so, that I’ve asked him to collaborate with me on a project where I will take his LEADERS TEACH acronym and explore each topic as an editorial cartoon. In the coming months,…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 30, 2015 at 4:53pm — No Comments

JUST LADDERS?

Placing a ladder during an incident is not the time to wish you would’ve trained more on ladders! It’s a simple tool, but one of the most important tools on your rig. So many tactical and safety factors are based on you being proficient with this large, heavy, and cumbersome piece of equipment. In fact, the…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 27, 2015 at 10:10am — No Comments

SHARED BLACK EYE - January Magazine Editorial Cartoon

So you think your actions don't effect us all in the public's eye? Think again!





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Added by Paul Combs on January 17, 2015 at 5:22pm — No Comments

WHAT WILL YOU DO IN 2015?



New year, new beginnings, new opportunities to grow, share, and serve. What will you do in 2015?



May you all have a safe and fun year full of life and learning.





Want your own printable goals sheet? Just click on the image below and print (8.5x11).…



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Added by Paul Combs on January 1, 2015 at 10:08am — No Comments

EVERYBODY LOVES THE FIREHOUSE

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!

May your shifts be safe and your rigs true on this Christmas day! Take a moment to hug your family, at home and in the firehouse, and be thankful for all you have in your life.

Personally, I want to thank each of you! Thank you for following my work and…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

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

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