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firefighting

(1)
What sysadmins have to do to correct sudden operational problems. An opposite of hacking. "Been hacking your new newsreader?" "No, a power glitch hosed the network and I spent the whole afternoon fighting fires."

firefighting

(2)
The act of throwing lots of manpower and late nights at a project, especially to get it out before deadline. See also gang bang, Mongolian Hordes technique; however, the term "firefighting" connotes that the effort is going into chasing bugs rather than adding features.
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The firefighters were part of a Worcester County delegation that offered relief after Hurricane Sandy.
Armando Hogan of the Stentorians, an association of African-American firefighters.
Eager to do what they could to help hurricane and flood victims, many of the firefighters gave voice to their disgust and frustration.
Typical cases covered include the destruction of a commercial building, the related destruction of several properties in several states, the involvement of a firefighter in insurance fraud, retaliation and gang-related violence, the lack of firefighting systems in buildings, the use of accelerants, and spousal revenge.
Firefighters honored a code of brotherhood and loyalty, he said.
Edelman and colleagues found that 9 of the 110 chemicals were elevated in samples from firefighters who responded to the WTC as compared to the control firefighters.
Firefighters will remember Storm King as one of the most tragic fires of the 1994 fire season, which lasts from May to November.
Of course, the more levels the computer travels up the tree, the less compatible (in terms of P-WE fit) the identified occupation would be with the Firefighter occupation.
We wanted it to be recognized as a separate incident,'' said Firefighter Brian Carroll, who was Firefighter Davies' partner and was injured in the same fire.
Though an African-American firefighter wouldn't join the top ranks of the department for 13 more years -- or become chief until last year -- Lopez helped jump-start a reformation.
A spokesperson for the Detroit Fire Fighters Association described what happened next: "Enduring excruciating heat and total blindness, Firefighter Norgren painstakingly hand searched the room while being beaten down by the deadly conditions, and near the end of his air supply, found an adult male who was pinned under a dresser.