- a group of firefighters, especially as formed temporarily or called upon to assist a fire department in an emergency.
- a small fire department privately employed by an institution.
Origin of fire brigade
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for fire brigade
To Yoshimune's initiative belongs, also, the establishment of a fire-brigade in Edo.Japan
The captain of the fire-brigade looked at it from a different point of view.St. Peter's Umbrella
I defied policemen and the superintendent of the fire-brigade.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories
There is a perfect water system, fire-brigade with fire stations where the firemen sleep, police, and a dog-catcher.The Last Spike
The Fire-Brigade had obtained permission to perform their drill there until the ground should be required.Life in the Red Brigade
- mainly British an organized body of firefighters
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