- the department of a municipal government charged with the prevention and extinguishing of fire.
- the personnel in such a department.
Origin of fire department
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for fire department
But fire-department officials are not saying what they suspect the arsonist is using to ignite the fires.
However, fire-department officials aren't sure where the police got that information.
The show in the fire-department was so antiquated, that I was convinced that the people of Munich never intend to have any fires.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
But his clerk, young Fuller, with more presence of mind, was then at the telephone sending in word to the fire-department.
The fire-department was useless, for the strikers two days before, had cut all the hose.The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him
Paul Leicester Ford
The noises of the street did not disturb her, not even the passing of the fire-department trucks some time after midnight.Carolyn of the Corners
Ruth Belmore Endicott
- US and Canadian the department of a local authority responsible for the prevention and extinguishing of fires
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