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THE EGOCENTRIC OBJECTIVE - January Magazine Cartoon

NEW Fire Engineering January editorial illustration.

You as an instructor are there for your students, they are not there to pad your ego! I have seen way too many instructors and officers who love to…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 17, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments

GHOSTS

 

Ghosts by Chief Jim…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 14, 2018 at 11:19am — No Comments

AFFORDABLE PLACEBO

From Chief Bobby Halton,

Firefighters, Support H.R. 973/S. 1651 or H.R. 711 Now!

Fairness—you hear that word a lot today. “I will make sure they pay their fair share” is something we hear constantly from politicians about taxes. The first income tax code was established by…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 4, 2018 at 7:26am — No Comments

BRENNAN & BRUNO UNPLUGGED 2.0

December Fire Engineering magazine illustration.



Here's a link to my previous post and memories of Chief Brunacini. Rest easy, Chief... and thank you!…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 21, 2017 at 7:43am — No Comments

YOU'RE WRONG!

There is a common understanding among the firefighter and EMT community that there are lives that can’t be saved or rescued. It’s a fact of life, and death. Usually those lives are lost due to circumstances beyond our perceived control, and most of us have come to grips with this certainty so we can focus…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 18, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME!

Today I publish an illustration that was harder to draw than I thought it would be - and I knew it would be hard! The subject of alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and drunk driving is at times a taboo subject in the firehouse and our national conferences. We eagerly discuss tactics, obesity, cancer,…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 12, 2017 at 12:28pm — 3 Comments

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

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