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TOUGH - TOUGH STUFFED



Are you tough enough?



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…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 31, 2015 at 9:11am — No Comments

SELFLESS - METTLE DAY

How selfless are you? Would you put the needs of others before your own? A true leader thinks of their men and women first, giving them the spotlight of recognition and praise, while accepting the blame when things go wrong. Remember, it's not about you anymore!





Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 31, 2015 at 9:08am — No Comments

RELIABLE



Firefighters, like any superhero worth their cape and cowl, act when called upon without hesitation or protest! They are reliable anytime and anywhere, to do everything within their power to make right that which is wrong. How reliable are you? Do you do your job and duties to best of your ability? Nothing speaks…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 27, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

ENTHUSIASTIC



How enthusiastic are you about the job? Your duties? Training? Your people? Get excited, folks - this is the greatest calling in the world and we get to be a part of it every day!





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Added by Paul Combs on July 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

DETERMINED - THE LIL' ENGINE THAT COULD

I have always loved the children's fable The Little Engine That Could. Its simple promise that if you work hard and are determined enough, you will conquer whatever obstacles may lay ahead. I believed it as a child, and I still believe it as an adult because my very career, both as a…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 10, 2015 at 2:57pm — No Comments

ADAPTABLE - DRESSED TO BE KILLED



Think not being prepared won't bite you? Think again! Never take routine calls for granted and be ready for events to change without warning. Be adaptable and mentally prepared to take rapidly changing conditions head-on!



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Added by Paul Combs on June 26, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments

THIS TASTES FUNNY!

Be safe, be smart, and call for the proper resources when you're over your head!





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Added by Paul Combs on June 21, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

IMPERIAL LEADERSHIP - JUNE MAGAZINE CARTOON

June Fire Engineering magazine editorial cartoon: Imperial Leadership.

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Added by Paul Combs on June 13, 2015 at 10:37am — No Comments

MENTALITY CHECK

May Fire Engineering magazine editorial cartoon: Mental Readiness.

We all bring our personal issues to the firehouse from time to time - that's being human. But when it's a constant distraction and interfering with day to day, safety, or tactical considerations then you've got a problem. Try to leave…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 15, 2015 at 9:39am — No Comments

EDUCATE: LOOKS ARE NOT DECEIVING



What it looks like is typically what it is! NEVER stop learning and educating yourself!



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…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 1, 2015 at 3:19pm — No Comments

PEARLY GATES DEFENSE

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.



However,…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 17, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

UNSPORTSMANLIKE RIDICULE



Whole lot of Monday Morning Quarterbacking going on around Twitter and Facebook today - typical after an accident or tragedy. Nothing wrong with learning from videos posted online, but keep your social media expert advice to…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 31, 2015 at 1:55pm — No Comments

TUBA TROUBLE

DRAWN BY FIRE Flashback - Because who doesn't love the constant blowing of hot air through a big h*** that never closes!

Can I get an amen?!

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Added by Paul Combs on March 30, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY



There is absolutely no substitute for continued training, study, and self-improvement - especially in these days of fewer and fewer fires. Experience alone is not enough - open a book, read a trade journal, or better yet, get to the drill grounds and train.

Just because you think you know, doesn't…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 21, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

NO IRISH LUCK



Simple St. Paddy's Day message... BUCKLE UP!







Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:

http://www.artstudioseven.com/page-LE_Prints.htm…



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Added by Paul Combs on March 17, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

SIMPLY COMPLICATED





Ah, yes, the MacGyver syndrome. Keep it light. Keep it relevant. Keep it practical. Keep It Simple... and just get the job done quickly and efficiently!

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Added by Paul Combs on March 12, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

GOING TO FDIC?

It's only a little more than a month away and I'm starting to get excited! I'm presenting for the first time and I'm hoping to see each of you there. Mark you calenders for Thursday, April 23rd, 3:30 p.m. - Rooms 109-110, for Drawn By Fire: A Decade Of Fired Up' Toons.

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Drawn by Fire:…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 6, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

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

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