With crumbling infrastructure, bombings, and terrorist attacks still a threat in Syria, collapsed buildings are a serious concern. With hard-to-obtain search and rescue equipment at a premium, our team developed an innovative and cost-effective solution – rescue airbags made from locally recovered and recycled materials (including deployed vehicle airbags) that can raise heavy debris and help save anyone trapped beneath a collapsed structure. Our design works well and meets international standards at a 90% reduction in cost – an incredible amount to save lives. First used to rescue Syrian civilians in March 2017, the airbags have been used in more than a hundred rescues to date.