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BLAH BLAH BLAH!

NEW November Fire Engineering magazine cartoon: Blah Blah Blah!
 
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Added by Paul Combs on November 15, 2018 at 10:27am — No Comments

PUCKER UP!

This Tuesday's election, like ALL elections, will have a tremendous impact on local, state, and federal issues that affect your daily life, as well as fire/EMS service operations. Whether you are Right, Left, Tea Party Republican, Blue Dog Democrat, or somewhere in between, exercise your right to make…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 5, 2018 at 8:05am — No Comments

DEAD RECKONING



STAY FIRED UP, and stay focused, stay dedicated, stay passionate, and prepare for "when it gets real" - because it will!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 29, 2018 at 8:39am — No Comments

THE PUMPKIN SPICE PREDICAMENT

STAY FIRED UP, and don't mess with the coffee!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 18, 2018 at 9:46am — No Comments

NO FUN!



October magazine illustration.



STAY FIRED UP, and stay dedicated to the craft!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 16, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments

ANSWER CAREFULLY



The problem with some leaders is they assume all criticism is an attempt to discredit or insult them. Nobody likes criticism, but we can't be so paranoid that we'd rather be ruined by praise instead of being built stronger by constructive criticism from people we trust. 



STAY FIRED UP, and accept,…

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Added by Paul Combs on September 24, 2018 at 9:14am — No Comments

UNITED



Unite and remember... never forget the sacrifices made on September 11th, 2001, and for all those still suffering from post 9/11…

Added by Paul Combs on September 11, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

NOZZLE DREAMS



It's an Engine thing...





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Added by Paul Combs on August 31, 2018 at 3:12pm — No Comments

EXCELLENCE



Be Excellent at every opportunity and every moment - even when nobody is watching!

I am VERY excited to announce a special project that will combine Mark vonAppen's Full Involved and Drawn by Fire for the first time, and this cartoon is just the beginning. I will share more very soon...…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 20, 2018 at 2:15pm — No Comments

SOCIAL MESS

Fire Engineering August issue editorial cartoon: Social Mess.

It's a magical time to be alive...

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Added by Paul Combs on August 14, 2018 at 1:11pm — No Comments

HUMPTY DUMPTY'S BAD DAY!





To me it's simple, train hard to stay out of trouble, but be prepared when trouble happens anyway! Regardless of what you may read or believe, Rapid Intervention training is still important and relevant, for the team, for the crew, for the individual (remember, you are your partner's first RIT…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 3, 2018 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

BE YOU!



This will most likely not be a very popular commentary, but I feel it needs to be said and discussed - especially in this day of social media experts and podcast posers. Seems all you need these days to proclaim yourself an expert on any given topic or tactic is a platform and flashy helmet stickers.…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 20, 2018 at 9:43am — No Comments

FLAWED PERFECTION



How well are you training and preparing your officers to manage your most important resource?



STAY FIRED UP, and train!

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Added by Paul Combs on July 11, 2018 at 8:01am — No Comments

CLOWNING AROUND!

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a reader - I have been since my days as a child staying up past midnight reading comic books. Why, because my mom was a reader and knew the value of learning new things and going on the wild…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 29, 2018 at 7:01am — No Comments

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

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