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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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 Three of the four on board had already made it out of the helicopter when firefighters arrived, Turner said. Hannah Leone,, "4 hospitalized after helicopter crash landing along I-57," 8 July 2018 Hartford firefighters arrived soon after and pulled Whyte’s body from the water. Matthew Ormseth,, "Timeline Of A Tragedy: Hours Passed Before Drowned Boy Was Reported Missing, City Cameras Failed To Alert Police," 6 July 2018 When firefighters arrived at a home in the 7300 block around 4 a.m. Thursday, about 70 percent of the residence was fully involved in flames, a DeKalb fire official said. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Man found dead in DeKalb house fire," 6 July 2018 The fire, near the 7900 block of Old Granbury Road — close to Benbrook Lake — was first reported just after 3 p.m., but details of who called in the fire and how large the blaze was when firefighters first arrived weren’t immediately available. Nichole Manna, star-telegram, "Large grass fire sparks in southwest Fort Worth; Palo Pinto fire continues to burn," 4 July 2018 The Eagle Fire Department initially received the call at around 12:20 p.m; when firefighters arrived, the house was already 50 percent engulfed. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "House in Eagle a total loss after fire; firefighters forced to pull water from creek," 19 June 2018 Residents of those homes -- totaling eight adults and 11 children between the three families -- escaped to safety before firefighters arrived. Jonathan Bullington,, "3 families displaced after 2-alarm fire in St. Roch: NOFD," 21 May 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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