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:
1880–85, Americanism

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The belt was examined by a certified fire boss representing mine management.
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