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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The clashes were mitigated by a massive mobilization of riot police and firefighters who managed to avert melees that raged a week ago in the city’s upscale neighborhoods and tourist attractions. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Riots Resurface Across France, Piling Pressure on Macron," 9 Dec. 2018 Expands an existing program that attempts to get more first responders, such as police and firefighters, to carry and use naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump just signed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic," 24 Oct. 2018 Police, firefighters and EMS found Clayton unconscious in the upstairs bedroom. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "South Carolina woman accused of killing husband with eye drops shot him with crossbow in 2016, records show," 6 Sep. 2018 There was a pounding on the door and police and firefighters and EMTs spilled in. Adam Cayton-holland, Good Housekeeping, "Watching My Little Sister Battle Depression Was Incredibly Difficult. Then Things Got Worse.," 20 Aug. 2018 Some 3,500 people already have been rescued from high waters in the Houston area with police, firefighters and National Guard troops continuing to try to locate those marooned in high waters. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Dam gates, dredging are major topics at county flood bond meeting in Kingwood," 12 July 2018 Initially, Plakon’s bill targeted, and drew opposition from, other public employee unions but left out those that represent police, firefighters and correctional workers. Leslie Postal,, "New teachers union rules spark debate — and more dues-paying members," 12 July 2018 Evacuation orders or advisories were sent for 4.72 million people, and 48,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighters were mobilized for search missions, according to Kyodo. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, "Dozens dead, more than 90 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan," 7 July 2018 Wilmette police and firefighters kept an eye on the celebrations. Kathy Routliffe,, "Thousands enjoy Wilmette Independence Day events at Gillson Park," 5 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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