IF people tried to characterise the efforts of the rescue teams, the doctors and nurses and all those involved in helping the children caught in Saturday's terrible hill-fire in Pat Sin Leng Country Park, most would use such words as 'courage', 'dedication' and 'skill'. The firemen and Civil Aid Services volunteers, Government Flying Services - all who rushed to help - would say what they did was no more than their duty, and much less than they would have wished. Yet that would be vastly underestimating their efforts. The biggest heroes of all, whose bravery has gone strangely unsung, were the two teachers who lost their lives trying to shepherd their charges to safety. Social workers involved in post-trauma counselling for teachers, children and rescuers - and in the difficult task of counselling the families and classmates of the children who died - have themselves been asked to put in super-human emotional contributions. No one involved with a disaster of such magnitude can insulate themselves from the weight of pain and grief felt by those around them. Yet for a small but vociferous minority, the tragedy has provided an opportunity for political grandstanding and finger-pointing. Some of it, like the complaints about inadequate funding for the Prince of Wales Hospital, may prove to be justified, although the accusers could have waited for the initial pain and panic to be past. But, along with the insensitive reporting by some of the media, the political point-scoring will have made it harder for the bereaved, the survivors and the school to come to terms with what has happened. The Legislative Council Security Panel was right to reject calls for an immediate public enquiry. Such things can wait. As the Governor rightly put it after a compassionate visit to the hospital on Saturday, the first priority must be to look after the children and teachers and those affected by the disaster. Whatever mistakes may have been made, this was, in the end, a terrible accident. Whatever precautions are taken, there will always be accidents. It is important that knee-jerk politicians of the 'something must be done' school do not force the Government, the schools or anyone else into panic measures like closing country parks, stopping school outings or punishing teachers or security personnel. Precautions to reduce the possibility of similar tragedies must be thought through carefully. They should not come as a result of pressure for drastic action.