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CARNIVORES CLUB

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!



STAY FIRED UP, and stay safe out there!



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Added by Paul Combs on November 22, 2017 at 10:56am — No Comments

CHARGING NOWHERE: November Issue

NEW Fire Engineering editorial cartoon: Charging Nowhere.

This commentary came to me while presenting Get Fired Up at a regional fire conference where an instructor was boasting about how his training…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 15, 2017 at 8:08am — No Comments

CHIEF ALAN BRUNACINI

My very first encounter with Chief Alan Brunacini was not what I would have hoped for. I was attending my first FDIC and was sitting through a presentation on how to submit articles to become a Fire Engineering author. Being the introvert that I am, I naturally sat in the back row while taking notes. Chief Lasky had…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 29, 2017 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

BALL AND CONSEQUENCES - October Fire Engineering Magazine



We are reading more and more situations where firefighters are getting reprimanded, suspended, and in some cases fired for what is being shared and posted on-line. It's a brave new world of social media horizons and we must realize that all actions have potential consequences - whether intentional…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 25, 2017 at 12:03pm — No Comments

THE CREATURE WITHIN



...because what's life without a little Halloween silliness!



STAY FIRED UP, and keep it spooky.

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Added by Paul Combs on October 24, 2017 at 1:11pm — No Comments

VALUABLE ASSET

This cartoon was never meant to be a caricature of Chief Brunacini when I drew it in 2009, but he certainly inspired it (which is why I subconsciously drew a resemblance, I suppose). A…
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Added by Paul Combs on October 16, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

ROBOTIC RESPONSE

Disclaimer: I am not a trained physiologist, licensed therapist, experienced marriage counselor, nor wise in the ways of relationships… I'm barely housebroken! So, posting an illustration about marital matters is more than a little uncomfortable for me, especially since my perspective here is from the…

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Added by Paul Combs on October 5, 2017 at 8:26am — No Comments

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

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