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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Union president Sara Nelson says flight attendants are aviation’s first responders and, like other safety and security professionals, shouldn’t have to rely on tips for compensation. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Now Flight Attendants Have to Hustle for Tips," 23 Jan. 2019 This weekend, Queen Elizabeth has issued a heartfelt statement offering her sympathies for the victims of the on-going wildfires in California and her prayers for the first responders. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Issues a Touching Statement About the California Wildfires," 18 Nov. 2018 Some of the groups that GlobalGiving is working with for the initial phase of relief include International Medical Corps, which often acts as the first responder in many global disasters. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "How to Help Hurricane Michael Survivors and Victims," 15 Oct. 2018 According to the Chicago Tribune, the legislation was first signed in 2016 and has allowed first responders to carry EpiPens since then. Serena Sonoma, Teen Vogue, "Annie LeGere Law Allows Illinois Police to Carry EpiPens," 1 Aug. 2018 The One 805 Kick Ash Bash raised nearly $2 m for area first responders. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Katy Perry Surprises Crowd at Kick Ash Bash for First Responders to California Wildfires and Mudslides," 26 Feb. 2018 She was discovered by first responders emerging from the woods near her burning car wearing only her underwear. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Jessica Chambers' last words analyzed as court told of mystery hitchhiker during burning death retrial," 27 Sep. 2018 Only active primary first responders can get the deal, not secondary or retired responders. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "AT&T offers unlimited plan deal for first responders, but it can be throttled," 7 Sep. 2018 Fourth of July at The Wow Factory — free for first respondersJuly 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Emily Bloch,, "Fireworks and game nights highlight July 4 festivities," 27 June 2018

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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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