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Firefighter

A slang term for a person who solves 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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He said the fire service sent three engines on site but discovered there was no reason to interfere.
Floridas fire service professionals are committed to keeping our communities safe from an ever-evolving environment of risk and danger.
West Midlands Fire Service added that 13 firefighters had attended the scene after receiving the 999 call at 6.
Fire service chief Jennie Grif-fiths said the man had been "trapped between a toilet and a door.
But the Fire Brigades Union has warned the plan would lead to fire services merging in regions where multiple fire brigades serve the same area as a single police force.
If a merger did take place then the police Chief Constable, the most senior manager in the police force, and fire service Chief Fire Officers would also be replaced by a single Chief Officer.
A spokeswoman for the fire service said there was a significant amount of burning.
The fire service intends to shed the jobs by not replacing retiring employees but has not ruled out compulsory redundancies for back office staff.
More than 337,000 false alarms were attended by the fire service across the UK in 2010/2011, at a cost of more than PS1 billion according to the Department for Communities and Local Government.
West Midlands Fire Service says the current formula will mean it will have lost 27 per cent of its government funding since 2000.
Mr Jones had been with the fire service for six years, and was based at Wrexham fire station.
South Wales Fire Service saw a drop in the number of calls they attended from 904 in 2007 to 655 in 2009 and Mid and West Fire Service saw their attendance to hoax calls fall from 482 in 2007 to 333 in 2009.