Down and Out: How to Evacuate an Injured Man

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BACKPACK CARRY
By cutting holes on each side of the bottom of a backpack, you create leg holes and a comfortable seat for a longer-distance carry. Field & Stream Online Editors
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FIREMAN’S CARRY
This is fatiguing, but it requires no special gear and is recommended for quickly transporting a victim out of a danger zone. Field & Stream Online Editors
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FOUR-HAND CARRY
Use overlapping hands to provide a seat for the victim. Field & Stream Online Editors
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POLE CARRY
Slide the pole under the backpacks so that each end rests on top of a hip belt. Pad the pole and have the victim sit on it with his arms around the rescuers. Field & Stream Online Editors
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BLANKET OR SLEEPING BAG LITTER
Make a pole frame a little longer than the victim and about the width of his shoulders. Fold a sleeping bag or blanket around the frame, fastening it with stitches or zippers if possible, although the victim’s weight will secure a properly folded blanket in place. A litter carry requires at least six men. Field & Stream Online Editors
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ROPE SEAT
Coil a long rope and fix it with a knot. Divide the coils into equal sections and have the victim step through the loops. Then, after backing up to him, hoist him onto your back using the free loops as shoulder straps (it helps to have the victim stand on a rock or a log). Pad the rope coils with clothing. Field & Stream Online Editors