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fire boss

noun, Mining.
a person who inspects a mine for the presence of noxious gases, dangerous roofs, and other hazards.
Also called gasman; British, fireman.
Compare mine examiner.
Origin of fire boss
1880-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The belt was examined by a certified fire boss representing mine management.
  • However, in the fire boss example given, the facts suggest that the idling is necessary for and part of normal mining operations.
  • For each prescribed burn, the landowner or someone with burning experience should serve as the fire boss.
  • The fire boss shut off the water feeding the area and went to get a pump or a different pump.
  • Another miner, who was a fire boss, he discovered one of the fires.

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