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…
...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
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on April 25, 2016 at 1:16pm — No Comments
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.
Safe travels, brothers and…
Added by Paul Combs on April 15, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments
Hitting the books is as important as wearing the suits. Something that's easy to forget at times for us HazMat techs, and something I was embarrassingly reminded of during a recent department training. Who says I don't slap my own hand with these cartoons?!
Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2016 at 8:46am — No Comments
We can't all fight the volume of fires that some of the larger cities do, and if you don't, please don't act like you do! Some of the best instructors I've ever had the pleasure of meeting are volunteer/part-paid or work full-time in smaller departments - and they teach excellent classes despite not having a…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on March 24, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments
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 post a selfie posing…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on March 17, 2016 at 3:33pm — No Comments
Yesterday was International Women's Day, and I want to give a special shout-out to all our sisters out there doing the same job as us guys - yes, I said same! To show my support, I posted a painting that puts focus on tough women on Facebook, and the response has rustled up some spirited…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on March 9, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments
As I post this the snow is coming down outside my studio window in big feather-like flakes and the cold is radiating through my double-pane windows. So much so that the triple-shot espresso that I am currently enjoying is doing little to warm my bones as I wait for the familiar sounds of spring training…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on February 25, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments
I have got a few more years of stretching hose and throwing ladders in front of me, but I'm sure this cartoon will be me when that time comes. Can't imagine what it's like to know you won't be riding those big red rigs any longer - not sure I want to think about it. But for…Continue
How tight do you hold before you lose control? Any horse rider or race car driver will tell you it's a delicate balance between holding on tight enough to maintain control, but not so tight as to lose flexibility.
Lyrics by 38-Special may say it best "Just hold on loosely, but don't let go. If you…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on February 12, 2016 at 1:19pm — No Comments
It is fourth and goal with the game clock tick, tick, ticking away. The success or failure of your next play will bring your team victorious glory or public disgrace (and these days, social media shaming). You take your positions, the ball is snapped, you run your route awaiting a precise throw from the…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on January 15, 2016 at 8:52am — No Comments
Where will you be a year from now? Is there something in your life that needs to be improved? How many of us reflect back on 2015 and wish we would have started a change in January? I know I do! So, will we be asking ourselves this same question in 2016, or will we actually put thought and desire into…
Added by Paul Combs on December 30, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2015 at 11:44am — No Comments
It is our obligation to share our experience and what we know. It was certainly done for us when we first walked through those firehouse doors, so we owe nothing less to the new faces starting their fire service journey. Be the mentor, the voice of experience, and the guiding hand to usher in a…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on December 23, 2015 at 1:45pm — No Comments
Hard cartoon to look at - even harder to live with! There is NO shame in asking for help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (24/7), visit their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Want to help? Then save, print,…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on December 13, 2015 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Most of you know that I assist with the RIT Combat Drills H.O.T. class at FDIC, and that I am passionate about RIT training and tactics. Why? Because who else will be coming to save us when things go wrong? Take it serious, brothers and sisters, because we are the ONLY ones who can save us!
Added by Paul Combs on November 13, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
Added by Paul Combs on November 11, 2015 at 7:56am — No Comments
Today marks a time when we as Americans get to shout our collective voice and exercise our right to decide which direction our country, our states, and our region will interpret and execute the laws and issues of the land. No matter your political bent, it is your right, and dare I say duty, to get to your…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on November 3, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments