fire department

noun

Definition of fire department

1 : an organization for preventing or extinguishing fires especially : a government division (as in a municipality) having these duties
2 : the members of a fire department

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The fires broke out in the 5100 block of Buchanan Street in the Bladensburg area, said Mark E. Brady, spokesman for the county fire department. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Three cars burn in Bladensburg area of Prince George’s," 9 Sep. 2019 The concept was to create a county fire department that would replace the backcountry volunteer agencies with professional firefighters and upgraded equipment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Julian volunteer firefighters nearing end of court fight to save their department," 8 Sep. 2019 Family, friends and members of 26 different fire departments from across the Valley and state gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of Austin Peck, a Goodyear fire engineer who died at the age of 35 one week ago. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "‘Heart of a warrior’: Family, firefighters pay tribute to Goodyear fire Engineer Austin Peck," 7 Sep. 2019 Paramedics from Harrigan’s own fire department rendered aid. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul firefighter was decorated combat veteran, struggled with PTSD and lost his life in a shooting at his house," 5 Sep. 2019 As of Thursday, the fire department expanded the order to residents in Copper Canyon south of Calle del Oso Oro between Clinton Keith and Murrieta Creek as firefighters work on containing the fire. Gina Martinez, Time, "A Fast-Moving Wildfire Burned 1,400 Acres in Less Than a Day. What to Know About the Tenaja Fire," 5 Sep. 2019 In the special budget initiative, the fire department will buy 140 second sets of bunker gear for all department staff at a cost of $448,800, said Monique Sharp, the township’s assistant general manager for Finance and Administration. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands devotes funds to fire department equipment upgrades in 2020 budget," 3 Sep. 2019 The Coast Guard and local fire departments responded but the boat — ravaged by the fire — sank into the water later Monday, officials said. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Rob Lowe Says He’s Been on California Boat 'Many Times' as 25 Reported Dead in Tragic Fire," 3 Sep. 2019 Firefighters from the Glendale and Los Angeles fire departments received a hero’s welcome on Friday from students at Glenoaks Elementary School, showering the first responders with thanks for battling last week’s 45-acre brush fire in Eagle Rock. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale students give thanks to firefighters who battled nearby brush fire," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fire department

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fire department

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fire department

US : an organization for preventing and putting out fires

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