A Springfield (MA) firefighter has unveiled his new invention that he hopes will save lives across the country and world, reports ABC 40.
It's a portable tool that firefighters can use while attacking fires from rooftops.
Capt. Robert Duffy is taking a big step in saving lives.
The 19-year veteran of the Springfield Fire Department was all too aware of the dangers posed when fighting fires from rooftops
"One night, I was in bed and the idea came to me. I got up about 2 in the morning and sketched the idea out on a piece of paper. The next day, I got up and built a crude prototype," Duffy explains.
A prototype for what would become the "Quick Step Anchor," a portable step that firefighters could wedge into roofs while they work to cut holes to release superheated air
"All you do is drag it up the roof until you get to cuts and it pretty much seats itself out. Put your hooks right in there and now this step is anchoring into the roof. Its not going anywhere," says Duffy.
It also is strong enough to support the firefighter if he or she slips off the roof.
"There was a firefighter in Springfield that fell off the roof about 10 years ago, a friend of mine, and he was in the hospital with life threatening injuries," Duffy notes.
With demand for his invention growing, Duffy held out, insisting that the device to manufactured locally. He chose an Indian Orchard company to put it into production.
"Originally, it was just a prototype, but now itâ??s turned into a revenue stream for us," says Richard Kowalski of Jesko Tool and Knife.