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HARD LESSON TO LEARN



In the world of firehouse life there are a select few who have elevated the art of complaining to Mount Everest proportions. In fact, they are so skilled at whining and grumbling that they most certainly could win Gold if there was ever a Gripe Olympics! What's worse, it's remarkably easy to be pulled down into their pit of despair and backstabbing -…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 17, 2019 at 7:54am — No Comments

ME, ME, ME... oh, and ME!



No one gets where they are alone! However, you would never know this by the actions and words of some. Humility goes a long, long, way!



STAY FIRED UP, and stay humble!

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Added by Paul Combs on July 12, 2019 at 3:04pm — No Comments

YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?!



As an officer, I put a ton of pressure on myself to be wiser, smarter, and more experienced than I was yesterday - to lead by example. Unfortunately, all this studying, training, and preparing can take up much of your free time during the course of the day and it's all too easy to say "I'll workout tomorrow." When tomorrow comes, well, you do it again.…

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Added by Paul Combs on July 2, 2019 at 9:52am — No Comments

DYNAMIC DUO - June Fire Engineering Magazine Cartoon





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Added by Paul Combs on June 19, 2019 at 8:08am — No Comments

THANK YOU!

Added by Paul Combs on May 27, 2019 at 10:54am — No Comments

GAME of COMMANDS



The popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, provides a fun parody on the vicious firehouse backstabbing and culture of relentlessly second guessing the decisions made by others. It all seems so easy, until you're sitting on the Throne of Command.



STAY FIRED UP, and look outside of your own perspective before criticizing…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 23, 2019 at 7:38am — No Comments

ENDGAME!



My apologies to any of my readers who are not comic book geeks like me, and may not understand this cartoon's Avengers Infinity War/Endgame reference. But to those who are, you understand the magnitude of the "snap." In this case, using the bad leadership traits (stones) for ill-will or for your own twisted sense of reality.



It only takes one…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 17, 2019 at 2:10pm — No Comments

10 YEARS!

Ten years! This month marks ten years of being published in…

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Added by Paul Combs on May 15, 2019 at 1:19pm — No Comments

DECONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM

Are we losing sight of civility in the fire service - especially on social media forums? Is it already lost? Constructive debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the discourse of demeaning comments and anger over any differing opinions or tactics. Ideology has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of contrasting backgrounds, response…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 24, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments

BEHOLD YOUR LEADER!



As the old saying goes, "If you have to tell everybody you're the leader, you're most likely not one!"



STAY FIRED UP, and lead by actions, attitude, humility, and integrity.



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Added by Paul Combs on April 17, 2019 at 9:01am — No Comments

THE VISIONARY CONUNDRUM

April Fire Engineering magazine cartoon.



Way too much of this going on these days!



STAY FIRED UP, and be you, be original... or at the very least, give credit where credit is due!

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Added by Paul Combs on April 3, 2019 at 8:59am — No Comments

HANDLEBAR WITH CARE!

...because sometimes the only point is to be silly.



STAY FIRED UP, and from time to time, lighten up.

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Added by Paul Combs on March 31, 2019 at 4:20pm — No Comments

March Fire Engineering Magazine: GUILTY!

Yep, we all know this instructor... and hopefully it's not you!



STAY FIRED UP, and teach beyond the slide!



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Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2019 at 8:27am — No Comments

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

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