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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In a separate overnight fire in the city, firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze at a Kensington scrapyard. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "2 dead in North Philadelphia house fire," 11 July 2018 As firefighters battled blazes in other parts of the county in triple-digit heat on July 6, Ramonans eyed east winds that in early afternoon ranged from 13 mph to 18 mph with gusts up to 28 mph. Ramona Sentinel, "Town sizzles through record-breaking heat," 11 July 2018 More than 600 firefighters are now battling the blaze, dubbed the Martin Fire, which now is estimated to be 35 percent contained. Fox News, "The Latest: NASA says Nevada wildfire visible from space," 10 July 2018 Chicago firefighters were battling the 2-11 alarm fire at a multi-unit building in the 6700 block of South Dorchester Avenue as of 11:45 a.m., fire officials said. William Lee,, "Child, 4, critically hurt in extra-alarm blaze on South Side," 8 July 2018 One child died and three others were injured as Kansas City, Kan., firefighters battled a blaze at an apartment complex Saturday, authorities said. Hunter Woodall And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Child, 4, killed in KCK apartment fire, fire marshal says. Three others injured," 7 July 2018 About 70 firefighters were battling a townhouse fire in Arnold on Wednesday afternoon. Pamela Wood,, "About 70 firefighters battle Arnold townhouse fire on Wednesday," 4 July 2018 The Taps, Tastes and Tunes festival of West Chester featured a dunking booth ran by West Chester firefighters and FOP members. Scott Springer,, "Lakota West lacrosse player's dad: 'I pray that we will see Matt’s Miracle'," 25 June 2018 The eight people in the minivan — including 1-year-old twins and four other children under age 15 — were taken to hospitals with injuries, and the driver had to be extricated from the van by firefighters. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Ambulance driver in crash that sent 10 to hospitals showed 'due regard,' Aurora fire marshal says," 22 June 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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