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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The Oswego Farmers Market remained open throughout the incident, fire department officials said. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aerosol can near grill causes fire inside food truck at Oswego Farmers Market, officials say," 2 July 2018 At the time of his arrest for the school threat, McKinnon had pending charges for leaving threatening messages with a Wheaton fire department official and a police officer. Clifford Ward, Naperville Sun, "Army vet sentenced to probation for threats against Naperville school and Wheaton officials; will get treatment from VA," 14 June 2018 The man who was in the second floor apartment unit at the time of the fire was taken into custody, but fire department officials didn't specify why. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Apartment fire in Memorial damages six units," 8 June 2018 The paramedics practiced the skill using the fire department’s new video laryngoscopes, which help them guide the breathing tube in the patient’s throat. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando paramedics use cadavers to practice skills," 6 June 2018 After 30 minutes and just as an officer was ready to call the fire department to force entry, Hart walked up a rear staircase, police said. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Police: Manchester Woman Leaves 3 Young Kids Alone," 14 May 2018 Upon arrival, firefighters found light smoke coming from inside the building and began trying to determine where the blaze was located, fire department officials said. City News Service,, "Fire in Oceanside rental displaces vacationing families; woman suffers smoke inhalation," 1 Apr. 2018 Wedel and several other members of the fire department joined other departments in providing the city's first interactive state of the city presentation March 7 at the new Public Works maintenance garage. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Hobart shows off technological advances at presentation," 12 Mar. 2018 Investigators spent the next three years backtracking through police and medical records and tracking down witnesses and social workers as well as hospital, police and fire department officials. Time, "Woman Charged With Murdering 3 Babies in the 1980s," 28 Feb. 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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