fire·​boat ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbōt How to pronounce fireboat (audio)
: a ship equipped with firefighting apparatus

Examples of fireboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The search also included an Anne Arundel County Fire Department fireboat team, Anne Arundel Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Baltimore City Fire Department staff and a Curtis Bay boat crew. Dana Munro, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2024 Three other passengers on the fireboat were taken to the same hospital, where they were treated and released. Elizabeth Keogh, New York Daily News, 7 Apr. 2024 The stream brought to mind a fireboat in Hell Gate. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 Over 30 units, including air rescue and fireboats, helped the injured along with the U.S. Coast Guard, the City of Miami Fire and the Florida Wildlife Commission. Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024 The massive ship was welcomed to Port Miami with banner planes and fireboat salutes, according to a press release from Royal Caribbean. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 The highly combustible siloed grain exploded and the resulting fire tested the ability of the city’s fireboats and firefighters to contain the roaring inferno. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 12 Aug. 2023 Hyannis Fire Chief Peter Burke walked past two fireboats docked in Hyannis Harbor. Beth Treffeisen,, 11 July 2023 From helicopter mountain rescues and lifeguard beach SOSs, to fireboats, hazmat units and California’s raging wildfires, the department does it all. Josie Howell |, al, 21 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fireboat was in 1849

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“Fireboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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fire·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce fireboat (audio)
: a boat equipped for fighting fires

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