fire department

the department of a municipal government charged with the prevention and extinguishing of fire.
the personnel in such a department.

1815–25, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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fire department
(US), (Canadian) the department of a local authority responsible for the prevention and extinguishing of fires

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Example sentences
The quake destroyed the city's water mains, paralyzing the fire department.
Today's average fire department answers twice as many calls for medical
  emergencies as for fires.
Inside are an antique fire engine and an interesting exhibit about the
  desegregation of the fire department.
It was the main source of water for the city's understaffed fire department.
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