Compact storage, ease of use and flexibility while transporting has made the SKED Rescue Stretcher popular with rescue squads, military and ski patrols. Made from a heavy sheet of plastic, the stretcher becomes rigid when folded around the patient. A variety of handles and straps assist with multiple forms of stretcher transportation including vertical and horizontal lifts with rope systems and helicopter transportation. These handles and straps also help with towing the stretcher. Sliding is made possible with the smooth bottom surface of the stretcher. The full system comes complete with the stretcher, Cordura nylon backpack/towing harness, 2 x straps, horizontal lift slings, vertical lift sling, large steel karabiner and four removable web handles.