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Device lets firefighters quickly escape the flames

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego firefighters will soon have a new tool to help save the lives of crews trapped while fighting fires in high-rise buildings. 

The devices were donated by the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation and presented to the department on Friday. 

The devices cost about $700 each - making the total donation worth nearly $300,000 to give firefighters a last resort tool to save their lives as they risk it to save ours. 

The department worked with manufactures to customize the personal escape systems to fit with existing firefighter gear. 

Funding for the devices came from citizens and elected leaders county-wide. 

Watch the video above as CBS News 8's Brandon Lewis tries out and explains how the devices work. 

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