I just finished reading Fire on the Mountain – The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John N. Maclean. The book was mentioned by Dr. Michael Roberto in a Teaching Company course on decision making that I listened to a while back. The book outlines a variety of decision making and other strategic mistakes that led to the deaths of a group of smoke jumpers who were fighting the South Canyon fire at Storm King Mountain in 1994.
I found the book to be helpful in understanding how people can make decisions in life and death situations, especially those that start out moving relatively slowly but then rapidly change as the crisis unfolds. This book may be helpful to those who work in the area of school emergency preparedness.
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