SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighter Scott McCann has developed a new tool called "The Badaxx" for first responders to help save lives at a fire scene.

"It stands for bailout anchor device. It's an ax I developed over the last couple of years to help firefighters," said McCann.

The Badaxx combines the functions of traditional style fire axes with the unique feature of being used as a rooftop base for firefighters to hook up a belay, or bailout kit.

"So I thought if I could incorporate it into a tool I was already carrying, it would save me one more piece of equipment to get up to the roof," said McCann.

McCann has two prototypes that have been used by Spokane firefighters for the past few months.

He's since launched a Kickstarter campaign and has begun to get requests from firefighters across the country.

"I've actually gotten really good feedback. Guys are really impressed when they see it," said McCann.

That Kickstarter campaign is about 40 percent of the way to its goal.

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