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CREW UNITY

Psalm, 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Crew unity provides members with a sense of cohesion and confidence during calls, and a natural support network when returning to, or at, the fire station. A close crew is one…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 11, 2018 at 8:43am — No Comments

LET GO OF MY EGO! - June Fire Engineering Magazine Editorial Cartoon



How BIG is your ego, and are you getting in the way of the very people you should be building up?



STAY FIRED UP, and remember, it is always about them!

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Added by Paul Combs on June 6, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments

SEEING RED!

Recently, I read this quote by an anonymous author - “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands for everybody else.” I can think of nowhere else this is truer than in today’s fire service.



My daughter, now 24, has never known a mother and father that wasn’t inspiring her to…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 24, 2018 at 4:02pm — No Comments

FDIC TIME!

It's that time of year again! Time to train, learn, laugh, hug, and bask in the brotherhood that is FDIC International! This is my Christmas, New Year's Day, and Easter all rolled into one... and I personally can't wait. 

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Looking forward to…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 20, 2018 at 9:10am — No Comments

ZIP IT!



What is leadership? What does it look like? What does it walk like... sound like? For most of us, we know a good leader when we meet them. They have a certain magnetism and charisma that just makes people gravitate toward them, and if they're true and deserving, we follow - not blindly, but willingly. My…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 22, 2018 at 4:01pm — No Comments

HAND OVER THOSE KEYS!



Have fun out there, brothers and sisters - but leave those keys with a sober designated driver!



STAY FIRED UP, and get home alive!



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Added by Paul Combs on March 16, 2018 at 2:53pm — No Comments

ARE YOU READY FOR THE MAYDAY?

RIT COMBAT CHALLENGE!
FDIC 2018 H.O.T.
 
Going to FDIC 2018? Looking for…
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Added by Paul Combs on March 14, 2018 at 2:22pm — No Comments

CATS



STAY FIRED UP, brothers and sisters, and be unique. Be original. Be you... but keep an ample supply of kitty litter:)



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Added by Paul Combs on February 26, 2018 at 7:38am — No Comments

THE MONSTER INSIDE

From the time we are children, we are told to be afraid of monsters. Monsters under the bed. Monsters in the closet. The monster in that dark and treacherous basement that our parents never wanted us to explore alone. As we grew older, our teenage monsters changed to be the bully in second-period…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 20, 2018 at 11:41am — No Comments

GENERAL POSER - February Magazine Cartoon

A shtick and stickers are a must!



STAY FIRED UP, and keep it real, brothers and sisters!



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Added by Paul Combs on February 19, 2018 at 7:31am — No Comments

BIG GAME LEADERSHIP

The Super Bowl - the pinnacle of professional football greatness, myth and lore, where there have been some amazing athletes who can claim to be the glorious victors, or the devastated runner-up. However, one thing is for certain, whether you are the winner or loser of the BIG game – they all got there by…

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Added by Paul Combs on February 1, 2018 at 9:10am — No Comments

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

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