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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fireman, firefighter, fire fighter, fire-eaternoun

    a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires


  1. firefighternoun

    A person who puts out fires.

  2. Etymology: . created as a gender-free term for fireman and firewoman.


  1. Firefighter

    A firefighter is a first responder and rescuer extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten life, property, and the environment as well as to rescue people and in some cases or jurisdictions also animals from dangerous situations. Male firefighters are sometimes referred to as firemen (and, less commonly, a female firefighter as firewoman).The fire service, also known in some countries as the fire brigade or fire department, is one of the three main emergency services. From urban areas to aboard ships, firefighters have become ubiquitous around the world. The skills required for safe operations are regularly practised during training evaluations throughout a firefighter's career. Initial firefighting skills are normally taught through local, regional or state-approved fire academies or training courses. Depending on the requirements of a department, additional skills and certifications such as technical rescue and pre-hospital medicine may also be acquired at this time. Firefighters work closely with other emergency response agencies such as the police and emergency medical service. A firefighter's role may overlap with both. Fire investigators or fire marshals investigate the cause of a fire. If the fire was caused by arson or negligence, their work will overlap with law enforcement. Firefighters also frequently provide some degree of emergency medical service, including certifying and working as full-time paramedics from engine, truck, and rescue companies in some systems to initiate advanced life support until ambulance transport arrives.


  1. firefighter

    A firefighter is a trained professional employed by a fire department, who is responsible for responding to fires, accidents, and other emergencies where risks are posed to life, property, or the environment. Their duties often include extinguishing fires, rescuing people, providing emergency medical services, fire prevention awareness, and maintaining firefighting equipment.


  1. Firefighter

    Firefighters are rescuers extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten property and civilian or natural populations and to rescue people from dangerous situations, like collapsed or burning buildings The complexity of modern industrialized life with a greater prominence of hazards has created an increase in the skills needed in firefighting technology and a broadening of the firefighter-rescuer's remit. They sometimes provide emergency medical services, for example. The fire service, or fire and rescue service, also known in some countries as the fire brigade or fire department, is one of the main emergency services. Firefighting and firefighters have become ubiquitous around the world, from wildland areas to urban areas, and aboard ships. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, the English word "firefighter" has been used since 1903. In recent decades it has become the preferred term, replacing the older "fireman", since many women serve as firefighters, and also because the term "fireman" can have other meanings, including someone who sets or stokes fires – the opposite of the firefighting role. In many countries, firefighters may be employed as full-time workers and paid a salary. Additionally, there are volunteer firefighters and retained firefighters on call as required. In such countries as the United Kingdom, the use of additional retained firefighters is standard. In Portugal, for example, the use of volunteer firefighters is standard, along with career firefighters. In Australia there are volunteer brigades which are mostly unpaid rural services, although traditionally they are paid by their employers if called out during usual working hours.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of firefighter in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of firefighter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of firefighter in a Sentence

  1. Alison Thompson:

    It became so clear. I wasn't a firefighter or policeman but I needed to do something to help and it turns out everyone can.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    He has suggested that we invite Iranian troops into Syria, that is like asking the arsonist to be the firefighter. ...The challenges a President has to grapple with are beyond complicated but at home and abroad. That is why is it is the hardest job.

  3. Troy Holtorf:

    We have praise and worship. We do a lot more, too. We actually go out and serve the community. We have a trailer with event barbecues and any time a firefighter or police officer gets hurt or injured, we’ll go and do fundraisers for those events to help raise money for the families.

  4. Evan Marro:

    We're trained that we don't have the gear to go inside, but if you can, pull somebody out of a window or break a window to see if somebody is in there and let a firefighter know, you don't want to become a victim yourself, because you're no help to anybody at that point.

  5. De La Cruz:

    But if you’re not, if you’re a truck driver or a steelworker or a cop or a firefighter or a teacher or a waiter or a waitress or a mom or a senior on retirement or a young person coming out of school, your life has gotten much, much tougher under radical left-wing policies, and this election is absolutely critical to pulling us back from the brink, where our nation finds herself.

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