Carrying a person without a stretcher
If a person is lightly injured, and the distance to be carried is short, a stretcher may not be necessary. There are several ways to carry a person.
The Fireman’s Lift, used for carrying injured people away from fires, is a simple way for two people to carry people on their arms rather than their muscles. Two people grab first their own wrist, then the others, to form a seat as shown (right).
A tied up rope coil (right) can also be used to help carry someone on your back without using too much energy.
Making a rope stretcher
There are many ways to improvise a stretcher. It depends what materials you have available. A stretcher can be made using bamboo poles, a rope, a tarpaulin (tarp), a group shelter, jackets, trekking poles, sticks etc. See a few examples here on video.
High in the mountains, bamboo poles and sticks may not be available, but you can always carry a rope.
Practice this method of making a stretcher with only a rope. See how you could improve it with trekking poles, jackets etc.
|Activity||Putting an injured person on a stretcher|
|Teaching methods||Participants have to lift an injured person and put him/her on the stretcher.|