- a person who inspects a mine for the presence of noxious gases, dangerous roofs, and other hazards.
Compare mine examiner.
Origin of fire boss
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for fire boss
But what if the "fire-boss" overslept himself, or happened to be drunk?King Coal
“White, get back on the job,” directed the speaker, who Wilson later learned was the fire-boss.
“Hoover and Young, and everybody, and not one scratched,” responded the fire-boss.