fire·​boat | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbōt How to pronounce fireboat (audio) \

Definition of fireboat

: a ship equipped with firefighting apparatus

Examples of fireboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Detroit's newest fireboat and a Spirit of Detroit award was named in his honor. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2021 The bird was struggling to stay afloat as predatory catfish circled, when encountered by fireboat crews on a bridge inspection assignment, according to the fire department. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Some are marine firefighters with specialized training for fireboat operations. Adam Andrzejewski, WSJ, 12 May 2021 Firefighters used a tower truck to rescue the dog and kept a fireboat nearby in case the dog jumped into the river. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021 The Chicago Fire Department dispatched a fireboat to help fight the flame and was pumping water from the river to subdue the fire. Javonte Anderson,, 5 Nov. 2020 The Baltimore was outfitted with a Worthington engine in 1875, giving it the ability to be an auxiliary fireboat and to discharge four streams of water 255 yards through an inch-and-a-half nozzle. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 10 Sep. 2020 Just then the San Francisco fireboat St. Francis came steaming to the rescue. Carl Nolte,, 30 May 2020 Other projects were in the works for later in the season, too, including a restaurant on a retired fireboat. Pete Wells, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fireboat

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Fireboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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