American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A department, especially of a municipal government, whose purpose is preventing and putting out fires.
- n. firefighting, US An organization, often part of a local government whose purpose is preventing and putting out fires. May provide other emergency services as well.
- n. the department of local government responsible for preventing and extinguishing fires
“If the fire department is about to cut through a wall to rescue our eight-hundred-pound selves, we want to look our best.”
“It is a municipality, with the Commanding Officer as mayor; the members of his staff as civil council; the Adjutant as the city clerk and secretary to the mayor; the Quartermaster, custodian of city property and undertaker; commissary officer, storekeeper for the government in charge of their provisions; the Chaplain as exchange officer in charge of the department store; the Post Surgeon, health officer in charge of the sanitary department; officer of the day, chief of police; the soldiers detailed for guard duty each day, members of the police force; the officer, detailed as fire marshal, in charge of the fire department; members of the fire department consist of soldiers detailed from each organization under the direction of the fire marshal, with complete fire equipment;”
“I know that because of that challenge, Harry Briggs lost his job at the local service station, Eliza Briggs lost hers at a local hotel, and Reverend DeLaine's home was burned to the ground while the fire department stood by and watched.”
“Richard Bliven of the fire department in Lyndon, Ky., a suburb of Louisville, says the original plan was to erect a monument in its memorial garden at headquarters.”
“There's a volunteer fire department — Nick's on call weekends — but so far, there's been no alarm — knock on wood. ”
“And it wasn’t in the little moldy-smelling public library on the other side of the volunteer fire department building.”
“A fireman in jeans and a fire department T-shirt waved us on toward the Pine Point Fishermen's Co-op, where Marine 4 was already in the water.”
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