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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

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

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