Fire department

A fire department (American English) or fire brigade (Commonwealth English),[note 1] also known as a fire authority, fire district, fire and rescue, or fire service in some areas, is an organization that provides fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation.

A fire department's station and engines, in Bennett Valley, California

Fire departments are most commonly a public sector organization that operate within a municipality, county, state, nation, or special district. Private and specialist firefighting organizations also exist, such as those for aircraft rescue and firefighting.[1]

The Central Fire Station of Tampere

A fire department contains one or more fire stations within its boundaries, and may be staffed by firefighters, who may be professional, volunteers, conscripts, or on-call. Combination fire departments employ a mix of professional and volunteer firefighters.[2]


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