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1The action or process of extinguishing fires, as a person's job.
- ‘We were carrying out aggressive firefighting last night but are now monitoring the position there.’
- ‘In the early 1980s I was injured and I wasn't fit enough to go back to firefighting.’
- ‘The full resources were now readily available and offensive firefighting began.’
- ‘The fabric is ideal for uniforms and apparel for occupations such as firefighting.’
- ‘A session in firefighting was also held with many of the seminar attendees performing well.’
- ‘And, once he gets elected, he promises to make a new study of Montreal firefighting and a fire prevention campaign.’
- ‘Accidents are an unavoidable by-product of firefighting.’
- ‘And with its inherent risks, firefighting is certainly not a job for the faint-hearted.’
- ‘Long hours are dangerous in any industry, and especially so in firefighting.’
- ‘The fundamental of good use of aircraft for firefighting is to dispatch early and keep the fire from spreading.’
- ‘Firefighting is a brotherhood that exists nowhere else in our society.’
- ‘They provide or control such essential services as water, electricity, policing, and firefighting.’
- ‘And the strong winds are making firefighting difficult.’
- ‘He said, "In 28 years of firefighting I've never seen anything like it."’
- ‘This is certainly true of firefighting on naval vessels.’
- ‘Primarily designed for firefighting, Beriev also produces a passenger version.’
- ‘Firefighting in the present round of fires is costing about $15 million a day.’
- ‘The focus of the unit's recent annual training was structural firefighting.’
- ‘Rooms on the second floor of the museum show different aspects of firefighting or fire prevention.’
- ‘Firefighting was therefore at the top of the pecking order of Forest Service job prestige.’
2(in business) the practice of dealing with problems as they arise rather than planning strategically to avoid them.
- ‘My day to day job involves dealing with customers and general firefighting and troubleshooting!’
- ‘Mr Catterall said the staff were firefighting the whole time; unsurprisingly the Ward was not a popular one.’
- ‘At the moment we are just constantly firefighting.’
- ‘You should see them in Edinburgh, we spend most of the time firefighting their stress levels.’
- ‘Sometimes I feel the business has developed purely through firefighting the problem at hand.’
- ‘But business owners who use agencies on an ongoing basis are often left constantly firefighting.’
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