Emergency Medical Transport with Rope


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.

A tied up rope coil can also be used to help carry someone on your back without using too much energy.

Rope coil carrying technique

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.

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.

Rope stretcher