fire·​fight·​er | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfī-tər \

Definition of firefighter 

: a person who fights fires : fireman sense 2

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firefighting \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌfī-​tiŋ \ noun

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Sun Prairie Fire Department Captain Cory Barr was killed in the blast, said Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union. Todd Richmond,, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 Cory Barr was killed in the blast, said Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union. Washington Post, "First black female mayor of San Francisco is sworn in," 12 July 2018 However, the high court denied the city’s request and handed the final victory to the firefighters union, whose leaders have steadfastly refused to negotiate a new contract because of the ongoing lawsuit. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "City to end fight over fire union contract after defeat in high court," 22 June 2018 In addition to Lamont, the firefighters union endorsed state Rep. William Tong of Stamford for attorney general, Shawn Wooden of Hartford for state treasurer and incumbent state Comptroller Kevin Lembo. Daniela Altimari,, "Firefighters Back Lamont But Refrain From Endorsement In Lt. Gov. Race," 20 June 2018 The man suffered minor injuries from the broken glass and was treated by firefighters at the station. Elise Takahama,, "Two men arrested in car vandalism spree in Whitman," 14 July 2018 In Washington, there are 11 presumptive cancers — including melanoma — for firefighters. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Is Station 31 making Seattle firefighters sick? Study hopes to find answers about ‘Cancer House’," 6 July 2018 When firefighters arrived, the one-story home was well involved with fire, the department said. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "4 LAPD officers injured rescuing person from burning home," 11 July 2018 Three of the four on board had already made it out of the helicopter by time Chicago firefighters arrived, officials said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Helicopter that crash-landed in Chicago over weekend originated from Hobart hospital," 9 July 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 \

Kids Definition of firefighter

: a person whose job is to put out fires

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firefighting \ -​iŋ \ noun

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