fire department


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By the time fire department crews had arrived, the ship’s crew had contained the fire, Boyd said. Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2022 As Windsor Castle's fire department and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service began to fight the fire, staff worked to remove works of art from the path of the fire. Town & Country, 20 Nov. 2022 An elderly woman was killed in a house fire in Attleboro early Friday, according to the city’s fire department. Camilo Fonseca,, 18 Nov. 2022 The cause of the fire hadn't been determined but the fire department said foul play wasn't suspected. CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 The man was taken to the hospital and the fire department extinguished the fire on the lawn mower, which had burnt to its frame. cleveland, 16 Nov. 2022 The fire department classified the fire’s cause as electrical., 16 Nov. 2022 The fire department responded to a house fire at 37 Nesbit Avenue with smoke and fire coming through a window on the first floor after 6 a.m. on Thursday. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 10 Nov. 2022 Some were injured while jumping from the second floor of the building to escape the fire and some suffered from smoke inhalation and burns, according to the fire department. oregonlive, 29 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fire department was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Fire department.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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