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fire department

noun
1.
the department of a municipal government charged with the prevention and extinguishing of fire.
2.
the personnel in such a department.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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  • 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.
  • The arsonist is now the chief of the fire department.
  • For eight hours the top floor of the two-story building burned while the fire department trained hoses on the flames.
  • The fire-eater of many years service in the fire department now spends his days reading the newspapers.
  • Now, here's something that honks me off: neighbors who call the fire department when you're in the middle of a controlled burn.
  • At the end of the riot, the fire department figures showed only ten major fires.
  • Year after year, poorly trained police or fire department officials contributed to faulty convictions.
British Dictionary definitions for fire department

fire department

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) the department of a local authority responsible for the prevention and extinguishing of fires
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