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THE MAGICIAN

We all know that one person, don’t we? The one who was promoted to a leadership role when they have no leadership qualities whatsoever. They have said all the right things to the right people, done the bare minimum to get ahead, and now find themselves in a position of management over firefighters that…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 28, 2016 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

POP CULTURE FOLLY

Don't laugh, I bet you a Bulbasaur and a Squirtle that somebody has thought about doing this! Pop culture and the way we humans fawn over it has always fascinated me, if not at times dazed and confused me. But, as any good cartoonist would, I'm having my own brand of fun with it.



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Added by Paul Combs on July 25, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments

INFORMATION SUPERPOWER - July Magazine Editorial Cartoon

There's no real power to having knowledge that you refuse to share with others. Regardless of your reasons, you are not smarter or empowered by what you know when it's kept in your self-centered locked mind of superior denial. Knowledge only works when you use what you know to lift others, so they can in…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

THE HYDRATION PROCLAMATION

Heat related illnesses can lead to countless issues including fatigue, nausea, disorientation, injury, and in extreme situations sudden cardiac events. It's hot out there, brothers and sisters - so remember to hydrate and get that gear off as soon as possible.



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Added by Paul Combs on July 6, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

THE SPAGHETTI RETROSPECTIVE

Training is not just for the bread and butter tasks, but to sharpen skills that we rarely use, too. This cartoon focuses on one of those tasks: standpipe training, tactics and operation. Are standpipes a resource that we use often? Most of us would probably say no. Is utilizing standpipe…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 22, 2016 at 8:14am — No Comments

THE BLAME - June Fire Engineering Magazine Editorial Cartoon

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Added by Paul Combs on June 13, 2016 at 7:27am — No Comments

FALSE IDOLS

Spring and Summer bring an onslaught of action packed movies sporting muscle-bound studs and mercenary vixens who leap and punch their way into the American culture with gravity defying ease. I admit, I'm guilty of enjoying the latest exploits and theatrics of Captain America, too. But what happens when…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 27, 2016 at 8:08am — No Comments

THE MOTIVATION COACH

So, what's your motivation?



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Added by Paul Combs on May 25, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments

CIVIL TACTICS - MAY FIRE ENGINEERING MAGAZINE



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…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 11, 2016 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

CHEERS!

...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

LEADERSHIP BURNING

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 25, 2016 at 1:16pm — No Comments

WELL OF KNOWLEDGE

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 15, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments

KNOW or GLOW

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?!

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Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2016 at 8:46am — No Comments

THE CREDIBILITY CONUNDRUM

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 24, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments

DEADLY LUCK

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 17, 2016 at 3:33pm — No Comments

WRONG KONG

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 9, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments

BLISS

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 25, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments

THE RETIREMENT INEVITABILITY

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 22, 2016 at 9:52am — 1 Comment

DELUSIONAL CONTROL



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…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 12, 2016 at 1:19pm — No Comments

INCOMPLETE PASS

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 15, 2016 at 8:52am — No Comments

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