first responder


Definition of first responder

: a person (such as a police officer or an EMT) who is among those responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide assistance

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Kieft, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, was the first responder at the Oscoda cabin after his station got a call from a vigilant retreat group. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "How missing 2-year-old Monroe girl was reunited with her family," 17 July 2019 The first responders found a red Chevy Suburban sitting on top of a silver Volkswagen, said Joe Hudson, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman., "Dramatic crash leaves one SUV atop another in Vancouver," 15 July 2019 The patient attacked the second first responder with pepper spray, Hooley said. Fox News, "Boston first responder stabbed many times by patient in ambulance before being rescued by colleagues: police," 11 July 2019 That just gives the first responders additional time. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Former Cy-Fair ISD police chief speaks on the future of school safety," 5 July 2019 People said the first responders who went to Chernobyl were dying. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 The first responders saw flames coming from behind an oven in the kitchen area of the restaurant, Hansen said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Faulty gas line attached to rotisserie oven to blame for fire, explosion in kitchen of Buffalo Grove Boston Market restaurant: Officials," 1 July 2019 Luis Alvarez was the 9/11 first responder who appeared before congress alongside comedian Jon Stewart. Rebekah Tuchscherer And John Bacon, USA TODAY, "New York says goodbye to Luis Alvarez, heroic 9/11 first responder felled by cancer," 29 June 2019 Witnesses at the scene told the first responders that a man had gone underwater. Emily Brindley,, "Divers pull drowning victim from Stafford pond," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of first responder

1970, in the meaning defined above

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first responder

first re·​spond·​er | \ -ri-ˈspän-dər\

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: a person (as a police officer or an EMT) who is responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide help

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