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?"…
Added by Paul Combs on August 21, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments
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…
Added by Paul Combs on August 4, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on July 18, 2017 at 6:41am — No Comments
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 -…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on June 26, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments
June Fire Engineering magazine editorial illustration.
STAY FIRED UP, and train!
Added by Paul Combs on June 16, 2017 at 8:23am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on May 31, 2017 at 9:31am — No Comments
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!
Added by Paul Combs on May 5, 2017 at 7:12am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on April 19, 2017 at 4:09pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2017 at 9:26am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on March 21, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on January 24, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on January 13, 2017 at 11:04am — No Comments
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…Continue
We’ve got to do better than this.
It is with a heavy heart that I find myself mourning another brother as I write this blog post. A brother who was the epitome of dedication and passion, and who was loved by all who had the fortune to know him, or be the target of his shameless wit and humor.…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on December 1, 2016 at 4:05pm — No Comments
Have a happy and safe Halloween, everybody!
STAY FIRED UP!
Added by Paul Combs on October 31, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments
Added by Paul Combs on October 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
Stay clear of the morning zombies!
STAY FIRED UP!
Added by Paul Combs on October 24, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments
STAY FIRED UP!
Added by Paul Combs on September 21, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments