Definition of fire company in US English:

fire company


North American
  • another term for fire department
    • ‘As a young businessman he established a volunteer fire company and the American Philosophical Society.’
    • ‘Men in particular gained a sense of belonging within the community and became actively involved in the local civic life of fire companies, fraternal orders, and militia companies.’
    • ‘The fire company was the quintessential New World melting pot in which the nobility of the cause and the merit of the mission outweighed the rank or ancestry of the individual.’
    • ‘Such portraits documented fire companies for the benefit of their members, their stations and for posterity.’
    • ‘In 1832 Philadelphia firemen paraded on the birthday of their most famous volunteer, George Washington, with a display by thirty-seven fire companies and the applause of a crowd numbering more than one hundred thousand.’
    • ‘When I was a child, many fire companies were staffed by volunteer groups and the firehouses and their adjacent recreation halls were also centers of social activity.’
    • ‘They are singing the fire company's praises now.’
    • ‘His first step was to join a volunteer fire company.’
    • ‘In their eagerness to surpass their rivals, friendly competition between fire companies deteriorated into daily skirmishes and riots between gangs of dandies and rowdies.’
    • ‘Membership in the Continental Army only strengthened feelings of national loyalty, just as membership in a fire company might strengthen group and local loyalty.’
    • ‘In an ideal world the fire company never leaves the firehouse… hopefully they learn how to play chess really well.’
    • ‘Backstage, people are collecting money for the Eighth Avenue fire company.’
    • ‘More than 500 fire officers had come too, smart in their silver-buttoned navy suits, white or navy caps, white gloves and silver collar pins which proudly give the letters and numbers of the fire companies they represent.’
    • ‘A fire company on Woodward used our street as a passageway on its eastward runs and trucks clanged regularly through the neighborhood day and night.’
    • ‘The choice of a company symbol was crucial to the fire company because it resonated so strongly in the minds of observers.’
    • ‘An early morning fire broke out two blocks from the church, with fire companies from up to 40 miles away responding.’
    • ‘At least in the big cities the glorious and tumultuous era of the volunteer fire company was over, although it lives on in almost every small American town today.’
    • ‘When a huge ice storm felled trees and power lines in the Buchanan Valley in March 1996, Adams and the local fire company worked as a team.’
    • ‘It was generally felt that the police should be called, although the fire company, a rescue squad, and even a locksmith were also suggested.’
    • ‘The fire company was here and they said, I can't live here now.’