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fire marshal

an official heading a bureau for the prevention or investigation of fires.
a person who has charge of the fire-prevention equipment and personnel of an industrial plant.
Origin of fire marshal
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was Pete Ellinwood, the fire marshal of the village and custodian of the apparatus.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • Inspector McCausland had just parted company with the fire marshal and was sauntering carelessly about.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • At the head of the department there is usually an official called a fire chief or fire marshal, appointed by the mayor.

    Government in the United States

    James Wilford Garner
British Dictionary definitions for fire marshal

fire marshal

noun (US)
a public official responsible for investigating the causes of fires, enforcing fire prevention laws, etc
the head of a fire prevention organization
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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