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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The area around the accident was cleared as first responders began triage outside. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Warehouse Bear Spray Accident Injures Dozens, One Critically," 5 Dec. 2018 As first responders continue to fight the Northern California Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history — displaced residents are facing another fight: a virus spreading among shelters. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "A Norovirus Outbreak Spreads Among California Wildfire Shelters," 19 Nov. 2018 Lyft rides to the hospital are often prioritized over ambulances because first responders disclose severe workplace injuries, according to the former employees who spoke to Reveal. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla’s on-site health clinic accused of undercounting worker injuries," 6 Nov. 2018 WE Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze said the gas main strike was reported to the utility ahead of the blast, and first responders were working to shut off the gas to secure the area. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Wisconsin gas explosion levels Main Street buildings; firefighters, police officer reported injured," 2 Oct. 2018 That was, in part, because many first responders could also be considered survivors of the incident — a uniquely challenging situation said Jeff Byard, Associate administrator office of response and recovery. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "FEMA admits shortcomings in 2017 hurricane response," 12 July 2018 After landing, first responders quickly worked to make sure the alligator near her didn't attack, CBS8 reported. Josh Magness, sacbee, "She went parasailing and crashed next to an alligator. 'She's very lucky to be alive'," 29 June 2018 If students have been wounded, first responders can use the hole to accelerate access to medical care. German Lopez, Vox, "Fox News writer: the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a … cannon," 1 June 2018 Earlier this year, Portland transportation officials said first responders are pushing for the change. Andrew Theen,, "Plan to shift thousands of addresses to 'South Portland' heads to City Council," 30 May 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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