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IT'S YOUR BABY NOW!



No use complaining about a bad crop when you sowed bad seeds. So, what kind of firefighter are you and your training program creating?



STAY FIRED UP, and own your baby!



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Added by Paul Combs on March 15, 2019 at 8:13am — No Comments

BULLSEYE! February Fire Engineering Magazine Cartoon.



There is a saying I heard a few years ago that goes like this, "If it's always you against the world, the problem is probably you!"



If you are having issues with the people you lead, perhaps it's time you took a long hard and honest look in the mirror - the problem might just be you.





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Added by Paul Combs on February 22, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments

LEGLESS



Washington D.C. isn't the only place where political buffoonery runs amuck! Hopefully you still have a leg to stand on, because many do not.



STAY FIRED UP, and training hard with what you have.



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Added by Paul Combs on February 20, 2019 at 6:57am — No Comments

ARE YOU THERE YET?



So, are YOU there yet? Being the Best-of-the-Best means being the best you can be, too.



STAY FIRED UP, and get in the gym!



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Added by Paul Combs on January 29, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

ALL OUT EFFORT?

January Fire Engineering magazine cartoon. What kind of effort are you giving?



Excerpt from the 2019 Drawn by Fire/Fully Involved calendar, and Captain Mark von Appen:

Everyone has to do their job. Everyone has to treat one another right. Everyone has to give all out effort. Everyone has to have an all in attitude. Without these things, the group…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 29, 2019 at 8:36am — No Comments

TREAT PEOPLE RIGHT

Excerpt from the 2019 Drawn by Fire/Fully Involved calendar, and Captain Mark von Appen:



Share what you love about the job, not how you think others should be. Save the highest standards for you and you alone for that is what you control. Gravitate towards those who exhibit similar DNA. You can't control others or make them shoulder your…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 20, 2019 at 1:47pm — No Comments

FIGHT CLUB!



So, will you be a contender in 2019?



STAY FIRED UP, and FIGHT like your life depends on it!



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Added by Paul Combs on January 2, 2019 at 7:42am — No Comments

IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS!

NEW Fire Engineering​ blog editorial cartoon: It's the Thought that Counts!

Here's hoping your Holiday Season is filled with joy, family, friends, fire, and as little bureaucracy as possible.

Cheers!

Added by Paul Combs on December 24, 2018 at 9:47am — No Comments

ALL IN ATTITUDE



Excerpt from the 2019 Drawn by Fire/Fully Involved calendar, and Captain Mark von Appen:



There is a difference you can find in those who stand apart from the crowd, those people of character who just get it. The intangible quality that sets them apart is something completely tangible.  It's called a work ethic, and it is the oft-forgotten…

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Added by Paul Combs on December 21, 2018 at 10:13am — No Comments

DO YOUR JOB





Do Your Job! Sounds easy enough, right? However, far too many try to control things outside of their control to the frustration and aggravation of everyone around them. This cartoon, which is inspired by Mark von Appen's Big Four leadership message, is one of many cartoons in our combined 2019 Calendar.



And now, I yield the…

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Added by Paul Combs on November 30, 2018 at 7:56am — No Comments

BLAH BLAH BLAH!

NEW November Fire Engineering magazine cartoon: Blah Blah Blah!
 
As in politics,…
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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 a…

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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

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