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sb70012
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021 11:46:48 PM

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Hello,
Can I use the word "fireman" for a female fire fighter or it's only used for males?
Once one of the native English speakers said that he has never heard firewoman.
Except "fire fighter" what word can I use for a female fire fighter?


Thank you.
thar
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 12:54:13 AM

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Yes, fireman (m) or firefighter.

There is a policewoman (f) but no firewoman.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 2:04:13 AM

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A female firefighter?
sb70012
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 10:42:46 AM

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thar wrote:
Yes, fireman (m) or firefighter.

There is a policewoman (f) but no firewoman.


Do you mean fireman can also be used for females?
sb70012
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 10:42:53 AM

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thar wrote:
Yes, fireman (m) or firefighter.

There is a policewoman (f) but no firewoman.


Do you mean fireman can also be used for females?
thar
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 11:29:47 AM

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No, not really.
fireman (male) firefighter (male/female)

If you want to add the information, you can say female firefighter.


Colloquially people still talk about firemen not firefighters. Especially in the UK, firefighters is not a normal term to use yet, but it is the official term.
For the group, saying 'firement' is just a bit tough on the women who don't get recognition. For a group you would generally call them the Fire Brigade in BrE.
For an individual woman, it would be rather odd to call them a fireman. They are not a man!


Quote:
Becoming a fire fighter
Why not you? Learn more about the role of the Firefighter and how you could give back to your community in numerous ways.

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/fire-and-rescue/recruitment

sb70012
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:18:48 PM

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How about "fire woman"? Is it common?
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:28:15 PM

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sb70012 wrote:
How about "fire woman"? Is it common?


No, not at all. In the US, we speak of firemen, or firefighters. The last one is becoming more common since women work at the job as well.

Sometimes the gender neutral terms that are demanded just sound silly (like mailman/mailwoman, which sounds like "malewoman"), but firefighter works well.
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