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

firefighting (ˈfaɪəˌfaɪtɪŋ)
1.  a.  the occupation of attempting to control and extinguish fires
 b.  (as modifier): firefighting equipment
2.  the practice of reacting to urgent problems as they arise, as opposed to planning for the future

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Word Origin & History

1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.
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Computing Dictionary

firefighting definition

1. What sysadmins have to do to correct sudden operational problems. An opposite of hacking. "Been hacking your new newsreader?" "No, a power glitch hosed the network and I spent the whole afternoon fighting fires."
2. The act of throwing lots of manpower and late nights at a project, especially to get it out before deadline. See also gang bang, Mongolian Hordes technique; however, the term "firefighting" connotes that the effort is going into chasing bugs rather than adding features.

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