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Rule 6

The National Interagency Fire Center helps organize wildland firefighting; its members include the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and other organizations. In its 1957 list of ten Standard Fire Orders appear a variety of sensible admonitions ("Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts.", "Know what your fire is doing at all times.", "Post lookouts when there is possible danger.", etc.) applicable in wilderness fire situations. But buried in sixth place among the specifics is an absolute gem:

6. Be alert. Keep calm. Think clearly. Act decisively.

(cf. Knowing Choosing Doing (1999-05-29), Complex Simplicity (2000-02-12), ...) - ^z - 2008-08-23


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