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

Examples of fire department in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Greenville is home to a museum, medical and dental services, pharmacy, post office, schools, county library, a sheriff’s substation, a U.S. Forest Service work center, volunteer fire department, hotels and churches. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2021 Cincinnati firefighters remain at the Gamble-Nippert Branch of the YMCA in Westwood Wednesday afternoon after a report of a chemical vapor in the building relating to a hot tub being serviced, said a fire department spokesperson. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 4 Aug. 2021 The woman died by the time she was taken to the hospital, despite medical aid from fire department paramedics, according to Carlsbad police Lt. Christie Calderwood. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 It wasn't immediately known if their injures were life-threatening, a fire department spokesperson told the Arizona Republic newspaper. David Aaro, Fox News, 21 May 2021 In Minden, Nevada, a cherry-red siren, perched atop the town’s volunteer fire department, sounds every evening at 6 p.m. on the dot. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 19 May 2021 Investigators then detained a second suspect and were questioning him or her Sunday evening, according to a statement from fire department spokesperson Margaret Stewart. CBS News, 17 May 2021 The two-alarm fire caused the collapse of two homes and heavily damaged a third house, county fire department spokesman Tim Rostkowski said. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 8 May 2021 The money helped pay for a new pumper truck for the volunteer fire department. Angela Barajas And Martin Savidge, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fire department

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Sep 2021

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“Fire department.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire department

: an organization for preventing and putting out fires


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