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Firefighting

A slang term for solving problems as they arise. The term connotes the idea that the firefighter is distracted from dealing with larger issues because minor problems prevent him/her from doing so.
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Sporadic firefight continued till noontime Saturday while troops are conducting operations after the fleeing bandits.
Four members of the Amanodin family were wounded in the firefight that snarled traffic along the highway.
Mayor Ruben Basconcillo said around 30 families have left their homes within the danger zones for fear of being caught in the middle of the firefight.
However, we have noted that Taliban spokesperson has denied that any such firefight took place.
Wahid was seriously injured when a firefight ignited between the militant and security forces, which resulted in the death of the militant.
Orlando de Leon, commander of the Sulu-based marine brigade, said 14 Abu Sayyaf and eight MNLF rebels died during a three-hour firefight in Patikul township, citing unverified information that reached the military.
London, November 05, 2011 (Frontier Star): Six months after his death, a new book has claimed that Osama bin Laden was shot dead within 90 seconds of the beginning of a raid on his Pakistani hideout by US commandos, and not killed after a 45-minute firefight.
Summary: Osama bin Laden has been killed in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan, President Barack Obama has announced.
They were caught in a firefight with Taliban gunmen and dashed to the rescue of a wounded man.
Summary: Srinagar, Kashmir, July 01, 2010, SPA -- Two Indian soldiers were killed in a firefight with militants trying to enter Indian-administered Kashmir Thursday as the region remained tense with a security clampdown to contain violent protests, dpa reported.
Summary: UYO, Nigeria: Gunmen dressed as soldiers abducted four Lebanese expatriates working for a construction company in Nigeria's restive and oil-rich south, an attack that left four people dead after a firefight, security forces said Saturday.
Private Alex Kennedy, 19, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, was awarded one of the UK's highest wartime honours for his heroics during the Helmand province firefight on June 8 last year.