fire brigade


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fire brigade

Historical Examples of fire brigade

  • To Yoshimune's initiative belongs, also, the establishment of a fire-brigade in Edo.



  • The captain of the fire-brigade looked at it from a different point of view.

  • I defied policemen and the superintendent of the fire-brigade.

  • There is a perfect water system, fire-brigade with fire stations where the firemen sleep, police, and a dog-catcher.

  • The Fire-Brigade had obtained permission to perform their drill there until the ground should be required.

British Dictionary definitions for fire brigade

fire brigade


mainly British an organized body of firefighters
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