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Cash Cow

Added by Paul Combs on January 10, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Wish List

Merry Christmas, and a very safe New Year!

Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Long Slow Ride

Added by Paul Combs on December 10, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments


Far too many officers, whether it be insecurity or ego driven, demand their due respect - for it is more important and self-serving to be recognized by rank than as an effective leader. Respect is earned by action alone, not self-gratification. Earn your subordinate's trust, and respect will come naturally.

Added by Paul Combs on December 8, 2009 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Unwelcome Guest

Added by Paul Combs on November 19, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Wrong Dragon

Added by Paul Combs on November 1, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Going Green

Added by Paul Combs on November 1, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Recipe For Disaster

I love Halloween! It's my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year, so it only seemed appropriate to combine the "witching hour" into my latest commentary.

She really is brewing quite a disaster, and sadly, it doesn't take a witch to cook-up this poison - we do a fine job, ourselves.

Added by Paul Combs on October 31, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Suicide Awareness

Due to numerous comments, I'd like to take a moment and highlight one of my recent Fire Engineering mag illustrations.

The illustration in question tackles the topic of firefighter suicide and the fact that we can't always see the underlying problems that lead to this shattering conclusion. This topic had been eating away at me for over a year before settling on a visual commentary. In 2008, my Department went through such an ordeal… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Crystal Ball

Added by Paul Combs on October 22, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Looks Like Trouble

Added by Paul Combs on September 22, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Post 9/11 Illnesses

My first illustration has been posted as the featured commentary. This is the first of many, many illustration to come. I will be producing two illustrations per month and sincerely hope to have your feedback and comments. Whether you like the commentary, or not, it's meant to spur introspective thought and healthy conversation and debate. Let's go...

With my first post coming so close to another sobering 9/11… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on September 8, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Job Losses!

Stop The Bleeding! Stop The Insanity!
With the avalanche of job losses, budget cuts, and equipment shortages - creating June's FE illustration felt appropriate and needed. Thoughts?

Added by Paul Combs on June 22, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Snake In The Grass

No explanation is needed for this month's editorial illustration, and I'm sure we've all had to deal with bad attitudes before. The question I'd like to pose to the forum is; what have you done (or would do) to deal with this type of firefighter? Because if left unchecked, they will literally swallow-up the morale and spirit of the… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on May 28, 2009 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

All Bark!

We all know fire fighters who talk a lot of talk, but fall short on the walk. They throw around the latest fire service buzz words and training topics, but are opportunistic in their implementation. This month's FE cartoon tackles this topic and poses the question "Are You All Bark?".

In my view, if you are going to preach wearing your apparatus seat-belt, then you should be the first to buckle-up. If you're going to squawk at others… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on April 14, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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