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San Juan High School
Blanding, Utah
Power-assisted litter device for search and rescue teams


We will invent a single-wheeled, motorized, portable, power assist device; attachable to the majority of types and brands of current rescue litters; to be used by rescue teams in a variety of terrains and rescue situations across the globe.  An electric motor and a gas engine will be available for mine and backcountry rescues.  We will reduce rescuer fatigue by 30% and improve rescue speed by 15-30% in both mine and backcountry settings, and will reduce the number of people needed by 50% for back country rescues.  Once patented, the PAL will retail for under $5,000.00.