fire department

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  1. the department of a municipal government charged with the prevention and extinguishing of fire.
  2. the personnel in such a department.

Origin of fire department

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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fire department

  1. US and Canadian the department of a local authority responsible for the prevention and extinguishing of fires
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