My wife and I recently saw the powerful documentary, “Escape Fire – the fight to rescue American healthcare”.
The film portrays a healthcare structure that’s designed for quick fixes rather than prevention or cure and is profit-driven rather than patient-driven. One message that came through loud and clear to us is that healthcare needs to be rescued from lack of choice – for doctors and especially for patients.
The “Escape Fire” phrase refers to a 63 year-old true story of wildfire fighters known as “smoke jumpers.” Several of them were trapped by a rapidly spreading fire and escape the top of the ridge appeared impossible.
Their crew chief, Wag Dodge, had an idea that was the perfect answer – but it was counter-intuitive. He actually started a fire, so that when the main fire reached that point there would be nothing left to burn. The others were either too frightened by that concept or misunderstood it and tried to run to safety.
Most of them perished. Dodge’s escape fire enabled him to hunker down in the already burnt area and survive.