Firefighter


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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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Important as firefighters were to Kerry in the primaries, they'll mean even more to him this fall,
Although the levels of several of the chemicals measured were higher in the exposed firefighters as compared to the control firefighters, it is important to note that the levels were still relatively low compared to safety standards set for workplaces and the general population.
Firefighter Carroll had a vision for the memorial and sketched it out on a legal pad.
Firefighter Davies, a 43-year-old veteran firefighter and father of three sons, was killed.
Captain Jonas recalled that when they emerged from the rubble a fellow firefighter "looked up and he saw one of the guys' front pieces, saw the Ladder Six front piece.
It was pretty obvious they took a pretty big hit," Firefighter Shea said.