fire·​fight·​er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfī-tər How to pronounce firefighter (audio) \

Definition of firefighter

: a person who fights fires : fireman sense 2

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firefighting \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌfī-​tiŋ How to pronounce firefighting (audio) \ noun

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According to NBC Bay Area, one of the sisters died at the scene before firefighters were able to get her medical attention. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "A "Suspicious" House Fire Killed Twin Teens After One of Them Texted a Friend She Was "Scared"," 6 Aug. 2018 No one was home at the time, and firefighters were able to get it quickly under control using two hoses, the release said. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Fire damages home on Concord Drive in Elgin," 10 July 2018 Around the corner, a team of Santa Barbara County firefighters was busy hosing down the inside of another home, sending a plume of smoke into the air. Andrea Castillo And John Wilkens, Anchorage Daily News, "California city devastated by brush fire as record heat burns a path of destruction," 7 July 2018 As black smoke billowed in the air, firefighters were no where to be found and the crowd of more than 300 men, holding machetes and batons, threatened more chaos. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "As violent protests continue over gas prices, U.S. airlines cancel all flights to Haiti," 7 July 2018 At recent town council meetings, firefighters said both vehicles are beyond recommended service life and need to be retired. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Plainville Voters Approve New Firetrucks," 19 June 2018 Back in January, firefighters in Culver City, California, said that a Tesla with Autopilot engaged had plowed into the back of a fire truck at 65mph. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why emergency braking systems sometimes hit parked cars and lane dividers," 8 June 2018 The lab certified Futurelight as totally waterproof using a test that exceeded firefighter standards by dumping 235 gallons of water per hour on the garment. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The North Face's New Fabric Is Waterproof, Breathable, and Brought to You by Science," 8 Jan. 2019 As Verizon’s recent throttling and upselling of California firefighters showed, this kind of behavior is far from theoretical. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of firefighter

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of firefighter

: a member of a group that works to put out fires


fire·​fight·​er | \ ˈfīr-ˌfī-tər How to pronounce firefighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of firefighter

: a person whose job is to put out fires

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