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A person whose job is to put out accidental fires or those caused deliberately as a criminal act.
- Pharos English Dictionary for South African Schools
The first female firefighter in an official capacity was Molly Williams. Williams was a slave in New York City who became a member of the Oceanus Engine Company #11 in 1815. She was also the team's cook. in 1818 New York City was hit by an influenza epidemic and a blizzard which reportedly took out just about every male member of the New York Fire Department. For a period, Williams was the only available firefighter in the city.
- Pharos electronic database
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