One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A male firefighter.
- ‘Policemen all over the country and firemen are employees of governments.’
- ‘The municipal fire department was called and the firemen battled in a fruitless attempt to control the blaze.’
- ‘Under the scheme, retained firemen answer medical emergency calls to deliver advanced first aid.’
- ‘Staggering house prices are forcing qualified teachers, nurses, firemen and police officers to leave the borough because they cannot afford to buy in the area.’
- ‘A retired fireman put in £20,000 and a residents' group invested £5,000.’
- ‘How much does it cost to clean up ten fatal road crashes every day, and how many emergency workers - police, paramedics, firemen, doctors and nurses - are involved?’
- ‘They're being drawn to careers of service, as police or firemen, emergency health workers, teachers, counsellors, or in the military.’
- ‘In France, three volunteer firemen died yesterday while fighting a blaze that engulfed a barn.’
- ‘Flames were shooting out through the first floor of the building when firemen arrived.’
- ‘Two fireman were struck by rocks hurled by children, some as young as 10.’
- ‘Two firemen were injured during the rescue operation.’
- ‘The firemen arrived within minutes and managed to put out the fire quite quickly.’
- ‘Each year, firemen, forestry workers, civilians, Gardaí and sometimes soldiers are deployed for long periods in bringing outbreaks under control.’
- ‘Thousands of firemen, police, soldiers and volunteers sifted through the landscape of twisted metal and smashed concrete.’
- ‘Local firemen were called to the scene and took a number of hours to get the blaze under control.’
- ‘He said an off-duty fireman immediately took command, marshalling helpers until paramedics arrived.’
- ‘His father is a fireman and his mother an adult education worker, and he has a four-year-old sister.’
- ‘The driver was trapped inside and had to be rescued by firemen using cutting gear.’
- ‘Police said the former fireman awoke to find a young man rifling through his living room.’
- ‘In one week firemen were called to the block 13 times because of teenage mobs wrecking it.’
2A person who tends a furnace or the fire of a steam engine or steamship.
- ‘He remained in New York state until 1859, when he went to New Orleans and got a job as fireman on a steamship.’
- ‘Both the engineer and fireman of the train were killed instantly in the overturning of the giant locomotive.’
- ‘On the St Clair Avenue side of the yards, there is an old house, now used by the locomotive department as a bunk house for the locomotive drivers and firemen.’
- ‘The fireman had to keep shoveling coal into the furnace which generated the steam to propel the train.’
- ‘At least you found his machinery and equipment and the fireman building up his fire and steam for the heavy draw to come; but he was by himself.’
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