fire fighting


a person who fights destructive fires.
Also, fire fighter.

1900–05; fire + fighter

firefighting, noun, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
firefighter (ˈfaɪəˌfaɪtə)
a person who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteer

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Word Origin & History

1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.
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fire fighting

activity directed at limiting the spread of fire and extinguishing it, particularly as performed by members of organizations (fire services or fire departments) trained for the purpose. When it is possible, fire fighters rescue persons endangered by the fire, if necessary, before turning their full attention to putting it out.

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