Fireman vs. Firefighter - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Firefighter

    A firefighter is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten life, property and the environment as well as to rescue people and animals from dangerous situations. The complexity of modern, industrialized life has created an increase in the skills needed in firefighting technology. The fire service, also known in some countries as the fire brigade or fire department, is one of the three main emergency services. From urban areas to aboard ships, firefighters have become ubiquitous around the world. The skills required for safe operations are regularly practiced during training evaluations throughout a firefighter's career. Initial firefighting skills are normally taught through local, regional or state-approved fire academies or training courses. Depending on the requirements of a department, additional skills and certifications such as technical rescue and pre-hospital medicine may also be acquired at this time. Firefighters work closely with other emergency response agencies such as the police and emergency medical service. A firefighter's role may overlap with both. Fire investigators or fire marshals investigate the cause of a fire. If the fire was caused by arson or negligence, their work will overlap with law enforcement. Firefighters also frequently provide some degree of emergency medical service, in addition to working with full-time paramedics. The basic tasks of firefighters include: fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention, basic first aid, and investigations. Firefighting is further broken down into skills which include: size-up, extinguishing, ventilation, search and rescue, salvage, containment, mop up and overhaul.

Wiktionary

  • Fireman (noun)

    Someone (implied male) who is skilled in the work of fighting fire.

  • Fireman (noun)

    A person (originally a man) who keeps the fire going underneath a steam boiler (originally, shoveling coal by hand), particularly on a railroad locomotive.

  • Fireman (noun)

    By extension of the above, an assistant on any locomotive, whether steam-powered or not.

  • Fireman (noun)

    A relief pitcher.

  • Fireman (noun)

    A safety inspector in coal mines.

  • Firefighter (noun)

    A person who puts out fires.

Webster Dictionary

  • Fireman (noun)

    A man whose business is to extinguish fires in towns; a member of a fire company.

  • Fireman (noun)

    A man who tends the fires, as of a steam engine; a stocker.

  • Firefighter (noun)

    A person whose occupation it is to go to the scene of an unwanted fire and extinguish it; a member of a fire company; a fireman{1} or a woman who fights fires.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Fireman (noun)

    play in which children take the roles of firemen and pretend to put out a fire

  • Fireman (noun)

    a laborer who tends fires (as on a coal-fired train or steamship)

  • Fireman (noun)

    a pitcher who does not start the game

  • Fireman (noun)

    a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires

  • Firefighter (noun)

    a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires

Illustrations

Fireman

Firefighter

Popular Comparisons
Recently Compared
1 hour ago
2 hours ago
4 hours ago
6 hours ago
9 hours ago
10 hours ago