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‘An Arm And A Leg’: What A Fleet Of Firetrucks Can Teach About Public Health

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Ryan Gamlin spent a decade on the business side of health care — working with insurance companies. That was before he went to medical school. Now, he’s an anesthesiologist in Los Angeles and on the front lines fighting COVID-19.

It’s an experience he described as “scary, in a way that I never expected to be scared, going to work.”

He was frightened one day last summer, too, when a California wildfire came within feet of the hospital where he was working. But then, a fleet of firetrucks showed up to protect the hospital.

“City, county, park service, forest service, new trucks, old trucks, unmarked trucks,” Gamlin tweeted.

These days, with medical equipment from masks to ventilators in short supply, he’s been thinking back to that experience.

“I realized the fundamental difference between public safety and health care. Public safety is built

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