Firefighter Wordle: 5-letter fire service words to keep the game going

Use these terms when you’re playing the first viral internet sensation of the year


Need some Wordle ideas? We’ve got you covered.

Or maybe you’re new to the Wordle world, wondering what your friends are talking about or what those squares are in your social media feeds. Don’t worry, we’ll explain.

Wordle is the first viral internet sensation of 2022. The daily word game challenges players to guess a five-letter word in six or fewer guesses. After entering the first guess, like “pulse,” the game reveals letters that are in the word, but not in the right place (yellow); letters that are in the word and in the right place (green); and letters that are not in the word at all (gray).

Wordle draws on a list of about 2,500 five-letter words, but does it include any of these words that are part of the fire service lexicon?
Wordle draws on a list of about 2,500 five-letter words, but does it include any of these words that are part of the fire service lexicon?

Some Wordle words

Wordle draws on a list of about 2,500 five-letter words, but does it include any of these words that are part of the fire service lexicon? Here’s a quick list of five-letter fire service words to try during your next Wordle:

  • CHIEF: Head of the department and master of budgets.
  • RADIO: Your communications lifeline.
  • QUINT: Apparatus that serves as both an engine and ladder truck, providing five functions – pump, water tank, hose, aerial and ground ladders.
  • REHAB: When you need fluids replenished and some rest and recovery time on an incident.
  • ALARM: What alerts you to a call – often in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping.
  • SAFER: Both a way of being more safe and a type of FEMA grant.
  • TRUCK: The shiny apparatus all the kids want to ride on – and you get to ride on, for work nonetheless!
  • CRASH: What leads to the extrication call.
  • UNION: The group that represents your interests as a firefighter.
  • WATER: The wet stuff to put out the red stuff, as they say.
  • FIRES: Yes, plural words count in Wordle.
  • BLAZE: Just another way to say fire!

More five-letter fire and EMS words

My Wordle strategy is to initially play words with high-frequency letters like R, S, T, L, N and E, also known as the “Wheel of Fortune” letters. I also try to play words with A or I, as those vowels seem to be more common than O, U or Y (sometimes). 

Here are some more five-letter words that might appear in a future Wordle: The Fire & EMS Edition:

  • Chest  
  • Drone
  • Fever
  • Grant
  • Heart
  • Medic
  • Pulse
  • Shock  
  • Siren
  • Squad
  • Skull 
  • Spine 
  • Valve 
  • Vomit 

If there was Wordle: The Acronym Edition, then these would be some choice five-letter fire service acronyms to play:  

  • COVID  
  • BLEVE
  • CBRNE
  • ISFSI
  • FDSOA
  • NFIRS
  • NFORS

What are your five-letter word suggestions for the fire service-focused Wordle?  


Note: This article was adapted and inspired by "EMS Wordle: Five-letter EMS words you should know"

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