Interesting poem in the essence of it can be applied in other situations.
To take it literally I have chased one or two fire engines in my lifetime, but never would even want to see the results of the described. I am a coward, for I'd be afraid I wouldn't or couldn't be able to help or add anything positive to a deadly scene, and might cause more injury.
Assuming help had arrived, and it appeared survivors able to take care of selves. So I'd stay away.
..without surrender, be on good terms with all persons..