fire brigade


Definition of fire brigade

: a body of firefighters: such as
a : a usually private or temporary firefighting organization
b British : fire department

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Recent Examples on the Web The crew has extinguished the fire with assistance from the shore fire brigade and tug boats, and all 22 seafarers have been accounted for with no injuries. Radina Gigova, CNN, "Singapore oil tanker hit by explosion caused by 'external source' off Saudi Arabia," 14 Dec. 2020 Luck, weather, and Australia’s fire brigade saved the business. Matthew Abbott, Environment, "Another Australian wildfire ignites—in one of its most unique ecosystems," 18 Dec. 2020 There is no doubt that a burning EV is a scary thing—in the case of the Virginia Bolt EV, the fire brigade was called to put out the fire three times in four hours. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Feds to investigate the Chevrolet Bolt EV after three fires," 13 Oct. 2020 Thursday's search was temporarily suspended over concerns that a wall could collapse and endanger the lives of the rescue team, Beirut fire brigade officer Lieutenant Michel El-Mur said. CNN, "Beirut rescuers search site for possible survivor 30 days after explosion," 4 Sep. 2020 The derailment occurred on the line at Stonehaven, where officers responded at 9:43 a.m. local time and remained there alongside paramedics and the fire brigade, the British Transport Police said in a tweet. Eric Todisco,, "Train Derails in Northeastern Scotland, Called ‘Extremely Serious Incident’ by Officials," 12 Aug. 2020 In 2009, during a fire at a 14-storey tower, the fire brigade struggled with the volume of emergency calls. The Economist, "The Grenfell inquiry lays blame at the feet of the fire brigade," 2 Nov. 2019 That’s in addition to $3 million in gift cards the supermarket is offering volunteer firefighters in 6,000 rural fire brigades around the country. Washington Post, "In the wake of bush fires, hunger-relief efforts mobilize in Australia," 17 Jan. 2020 With even landlines down, and banks closed and ATMs empty, the cashless economy in some areas seized up, according to fire brigade officials. Washington Post, "Thousands flee Australia’s coastal towns as raging wildfires close in," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fire brigade

1832, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2021

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“Fire brigade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire brigade

US : a group of people who work to put out a fire

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