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

Examples of firefighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In December 1983, Pugliese, then a firefighter in Manhattan, found 4-year-old Deirdre unconscious in her apartment. Catherine Garcia, TheWeek, "The week's good news: July 2, 2020," 2 July 2020 In normal years, every firefighter, including returning veterans, is required to get re-certified, but this year that requirement was waived for some who were previously trained. oregonlive, "As wildfire season approaches, firefighters contend with conditions and coronavirus," 2 July 2020 With issuance of the certificates in about a month, Flagstaff officials expect the city's obligations to the police and firefighter pensions will be fully funded by mid-2021. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff is trying an unusual financial method on pension gap — and putting city buildings up as collateral," 28 June 2020 Minneapolis officials have asked the FBI to investigate after a piece of rope resembling a noose was found in a black firefighter’s locker. Fox News, "Minneapolis firefighter finds noose in locker, FBI asked to investigate," 27 June 2020 Washington was assistant chief in Milwaukee from 2010-19, and previously served as battalion chief, fire captain, lieutenant and firefighter. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls' new fire chief Gerard Washington says the department is 'a gem'," 25 June 2020 The idea for Margie to date a firefighter was something Davidson made up for the movie. Shannon Carlin,, "Separating Fact From Fiction In King Of Staten Island," 15 June 2020 When his mother begins dating a different firefighter (Bill Burr), that sends Scott into a spiral. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Spike Lee explores trauma and legacy in ‘Da 5 Bloods’," 12 June 2020 On Thursday, the Fire Department made the difficult but correct decision to terminate the firefighter, whose name was not released by the city. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Firefighter terminated for offensive Facebook posts," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of firefighter

1839, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2020

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“Firefighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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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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