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first responder



first responder (plural first responders)

  1. A member of an emergency service who is first on the scene at an emergency
    • 2017 August 20, “The Observer view on the attacks in Spain”, in The Observer[1]:
      Many survivors tried to describe what they felt, but words failed them. Hard to imagine, too, the emotions of the first responders – the ambulance crews, the medics and the police – faced by ghastly mayhem. It must have felt overwhelming, but they did their jobs and doubtless saved many lives.
  2. A member of an emergency service trained to provide emergency medical care