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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During the last recession, the city delayed recruit classes for the police and fire departments, put off technology purchases and closed a motor-vehicle department branch. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Los Angeles and Other Cities Stash Money to Prepare for a Recession," 24 Jan. 2019 The Fort Worth fire department dispatched 26 units to combat the two-alarm fire, Star-Telegram reported. Fox News, "Texas IHOP roof collapses from raging fire," 19 July 2018 Also assisting with the accident were the Liberty Township Volunteer and the Chesterton fire departments, Joe’s Towing and CSX Railroad. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Man killed in Porter County crash," 19 June 2018 The police and fire department are trained to help in these situations. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Christina and Tarek El Moussa Speak Out About Their 3-Year-Old Son's Scary Hospitalization," 18 Oct. 2018 Hundreds of officials — consisting of the FBI, Gastonia police and Gastonia fire department — scavenged the park in the last six days looking for the child. Fox News, "Body believed to be missing North Carolina boy with autism found, FBI says," 27 Sep. 2018 Police and fire departments around the country have been challenging one another to lip sync battles this week. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton cop wows social media by lip-syncing to 'Frozen' song," 10 July 2018 Police and the fire department are currently investigating the wiring in the home, according to the Dallas Morning News. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Girl, 10, Electrocuted After Trying to Rescue Her Kittens from Behind a Dryer," 10 July 2018 Some 48,000 emergency responders from the police, fire department, and defense forces are taking part in the search-and-rescue operations, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. Makiko Inoue, BostonGlobe.com, "More than 50 killed, millions flee from heavy rains in Japan," 7 July 2018

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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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