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The famous Pulaski tool combines a cutting axe blade on one side and a trenching tool on the other end to combine two effective firefighting tools into one easy to carry tool. The tool was designed by Forest Ranger Ed Pulaski but he never got a patent for the tool nor did he recieve any compensation for his invention from the US Forest Service. The 1910 fire brought fame to Pulaski for saving his firefighting crew by guiding them to a mine tunnel as the forest fire overtook them and cut off all escape.

Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review

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