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 In 2002, he was hired full time with the fire department and became a Reserve Police Officer with the Covington Police Department. Staff Reports,, "Veteran Covington officer is new deputy chief," 7 Sep. 2020 Starting small Cory Carlson, who grew up in Cambridge and serves with the local fire department, stumbled into the bait business when he was given the opportunity to acquire 10,000 pounds of dirt-cheap licorice scraps. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "How sweet it is: Cambridge couple lead the nation in bear bait trade," 3 Sep. 2020 The Peoria city council this week voted to cut two fire department engine companies, eliminating 22 jobs. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Illinois municipalities eye tough budget decisions amid pandemic," 3 Sep. 2020 District officials are working with DeSoto’s fire department to determine the cause of the fire. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Fire destroys DeSoto ISD’s coronavirus PPE supply, adding another challenge to the embattled district," 31 Aug. 2020 Your devotion to your family, friends and the fire department community. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "City honors Detroit firefighter who gave his life trying to rescue girls from river," 31 Aug. 2020 The fire department spokesman, Vito Maggiolo, said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Washington Post, "Local digest: Man fatally struck by Amtrak train in D.C.," 25 Aug. 2020 Johnson, 48, a Detroit native, had been with the fire department more than two decades. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "Detroit firefighter veteran found dead after diving into river to save 3 young girls," 22 Aug. 2020 Bentivengo was 15 when his brother, James, an EMT planning a career with Bristol’s fire department, died in a car accident that same year. Don Stacom,, "Family Tradition - And Similar Losses - Lead Two Men To Become Bristol’s Newest Firefighters," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of fire department

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Sep 2020

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“Fire department.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire department

US : an organization for preventing and putting out fires

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