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