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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One firefighter was killed and several others were injured Monday morning in an apparent propane gas explosion in the town of Farmington, Maine, a local official tells TIME. Gina Martinez, Time, "1 Firefighter Killed, Multiple Injured in Gas Explosion at Maine Nonprofit," 16 Sep. 2019 One firefighter was killed, while six were transported to the hospital. Rachel Desantis,, "Firefighter Killed, 6 Injured in Explosion at Maine Facility for People with Disabilities," 16 Sep. 2019 One firefighter was killed, Farmington police said in a statement. CBS News, "Firefighter killed when propane explosion levels building in Maine town," 16 Sep. 2019 Four firefighters were transported to a local hospital in unknown condition after suffering injuries. Jamiel Lynch And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "4 firefighters were injured and a body was found at the scene of a California building fire," 16 Sep. 2019 The school’s 14 students wrote cards for firefighters. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘This town is just exhausted’: Cooper Landing wrestles with aftermath of a summer lost to wildfire," 15 Sep. 2019 One firefighter was injured while combating the fire, which largely destroyed the building. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "Minnesota Police Arrest Man in Synagogue Fire," 15 Sep. 2019 Such breaks — bands of wild land stripped of their vegetation, so firefighters can establish control lines from them — won’t stop the worst wildfires. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: End-of-session rush in Sacramento," 14 Sep. 2019 Her colleagues told her that they were taken to a safe area but that Lord went back inside with firefighters before the blast occurred. Washington Post, "Worker who herded people out before explosion is called hero," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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