fire department


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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Kevin Votava, who lives in Darien, retired this month after 33 years with the fire department. Kimberly Fornek,, "Shout Out: Kevin Votava of Darien, retired Hinsdale Fire Department captain," 20 June 2018 Five days later, the smoldering battery reignited, requiring another visit from the fire department. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "NTSB: Autopilot steered Tesla car toward traffic barrier before deadly crash," 7 June 2018 More than 3,000 public agencies, including police and fire departments, also use Nextdoor to disseminate information. Robert Channick,, "Comcast to end hyperlocal site EveryBlock, agrees to send users to rival Nextdoor," 12 July 2018 Officers in the department’s public information division worked on choreographing moves and got volunteers from the police and fire departments, according to the Pilot. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Dancing Virginia police officers make ‘lip sync challenge’ video viewed by millions," 11 July 2018 The North Attleborough police and fire departments could not immediately provide any other information. Alejandro Serrano,, "16-year-old dies in apparent drowning in North Attleborough," 8 July 2018 Currently, only the Fire and Police Commission has the authority to appoint the chiefs of both the police and fire departments in the city. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Common Council and mayor clash over proposal to make Milwaukee police chief elected position," 3 July 2018 No one at Howell police or fire departments could be reached for comment Sunday. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Hot air balloon hits power lines, catches fire, crashes in lake," 24 June 2018 During the eighth annual First Responders Bowl, a game between members of Chicago’s police and fire departments to honor two fallen members, Camron McGarity dropped to his knee during the national anthem, causing some people to get upset., "Black Firefighter Comes Under Fire After Kneeling During The Anthem At A Football Game," 7 June 2018

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1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: an organization for preventing and putting out fires

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