from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a bill showing the proper distribution of the officers and crew on board a man-of-war in case of an alarm of fire.
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This fire-bill should, as far as possible, conform to the arrangement for extinguishing fire during exercise at General Quarters.
a fire-bill to be prepared, the crew shown their stations, and see that they are duly stationed at quarters for battle (_See_ Articles 78 to 103), and exercised at general quarters, and by divisions, particularly the powder division (_See_ Articles 180 to 201), until each officer and man is thoroughly instructed in his duties; after which the exercises are to be frequent during the cruise.