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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!







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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

JUST LADDERS?

Placing a ladder during an incident is not the time to wish you would’ve trained more on ladders! It’s a simple tool, but one of the most important tools on your rig. So many tactical and safety factors are based on you being proficient with this large, heavy, and cumbersome piece of equipment. In fact, the…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 27, 2015 at 10:10am — No Comments

SHARED BLACK EYE - January Magazine Editorial Cartoon

So you think your actions don't effect us all in the public's eye? Think again!





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Added by Paul Combs on January 17, 2015 at 5:22pm — No Comments

WHAT WILL YOU DO IN 2015?



New year, new beginnings, new opportunities to grow, share, and serve. What will you do in 2015?



May you all have a safe and fun year full of life and learning.





Want your own printable goals sheet? Just click on the image below and print (8.5x11).…



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Added by Paul Combs on January 1, 2015 at 10:08am — No Comments

EVERYBODY LOVES THE FIREHOUSE

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!

May your shifts be safe and your rigs true on this Christmas day! Take a moment to hug your family, at home and in the firehouse, and be thankful for all you have in your life.

Personally, I want to thank each of you! Thank you for following my work and…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

THE PERFECT FIT

The fire service is rich in tradition, stories, pomp, and legacies - and it is legacy that brings me full circle to this cartoon. Some families can boast generations of service to a community, or having married into another fire service family to carry on a lineage that in some cases spans a century. Me? I’m…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 4, 2014 at 2:59pm — 3 Comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



Enjoy family and friends, and be thankful for all who are in your life. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everybody!

Added by Paul Combs on November 27, 2014 at 8:37am — No Comments

LIKE A FLYING BRICK



Tankers are big, they are bulky, top heavy, and were never intended to be driven at a high rate of speed. However, when you mix adrenaline, inexperience, and complacency, these vital resources can become killers. 



I've attached a link to a Fire Engineering article from 1998 by Dale Perry that…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 26, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

WITCHCRAFT SCIENCE



Well, you know which side of the isle I sit on. Below are some excellent links that further explain the science, research, and applied tactical aspects of the flow path study and SLICE-RS.…





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Added by Paul Combs on November 17, 2014 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

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