fire brigade


Definition of fire brigade

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

Examples of fire brigade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials with the Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian fire brigade, said the collapse of the road resulted in a broken gas pipeline. Fox News, "Garbage truck falls into massive sink hole in Italian city, sparking evacuations," 2 July 2019 About 1,300 people living on the banks of the Mithi river have been shifted by the NDRF, fire brigade, and police after water levels crossed the danger mark. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Incredible scenes from India’s financial capital that’s drowning in rainwater—yet again," 5 Sep. 2019 After Friday’s quake, fire brigades reported receiving dozens of calls about people trapped in elevators. Time, "Magnitude-5.3 Earthquake in Greece Causes Athenians to Run Into the Streets," 19 July 2019 Back in 1737, for instance, Benjamin Franklin co-founded the nation’s first volunteer fire brigade in Philadelphia. Marlene Walk, The Conversation, "Surprising volunteers with awards is one way to keep them on board," 13 Aug. 2019 According to fire brigade commander Giuseppe Biffarella, the eruption injured another hiker on the side of the mountain, throwing ash high into the sky and wrapping the popular tourist destination in smoke. Fox News, "Volcano erupts on Italian island popular with tourists, killing hiker on mountainside," 4 July 2019 Although many grumble about long waiting times, and some do also carry private medical insurance, the popularity of the NHS is only rivaled by the armed forces and fire brigade. NBC News, "This is what the U.S. wants from the U.K. before it will sign a trade deal," 3 June 2019 The Guardian reports that the Parisian fire brigade's chaplain, Jean-Marc Fournier, refused to remain outside the burning building, and insisted on joining in a human chain to rescue the religious relic. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How a Heroic Priest Helped Save the Crown of Thorns from the Notre-Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 The first fire alarm at Notre-Dame was triggered on Monday, April 15 at 6:20 p.m. The cathedral was evacuated and the alert was investigated but there was no sign of fire found on the scene, a spokesman for the Paris fire brigade told CNN. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Caused the Massive Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral?," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of fire brigade

1832, in the meaning defined above

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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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