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USAF Pararescueman Models How to Transport a Casualty by Foot

How’s this for an unforgettable party trick: show everyone you know how to transport an unconscious casualty by foot. Sure, some men whip out a guitar and strum out a few chords to please the crowd. You can do better than that. Put on a little demonstration of your strength, your stealth, and your stockpile of military techniques. Get a volunteer from the crowd to lay down in a mock unconscious state (bonus points if you can get him to lay there with his eyes closed instead of eying you wearily as you get into position). Then bust out the moves you learned serving our country to wow your audience.

Beyond serving as an engaging party trick, this skill can help you in a variety of scenarios like:

  • your buddy is passed out drunk (again) and you need to transport him somewhere else
  • your teammate suffers a fluke injury during a pick-up basketball game, spraining both ankles
  • your lazy teen is spending too much time on the grass sunbathing and it’s time to pick them up and throw them into the pool

It’s probably been a while since you practiced this maneuver. For a quick refresher, check out the guide and video below.

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Staff Sgt. Dustin Wileman, 931st Security Forces Squadron, displays the proper technique for conducting a fireman’s carry, Jan. 7, 2012. The 931st SFS spent the morning running through a combat fitness test, which incorporated movements that would be required in battlefield scenarios, such as the fireman’s carry to evacuate casualties. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Zach Anderson)

These techniques are modeled by Wil Willis, a Ranger and Pararescueman specialized in tactical trauma emergency care. The video below captures him training fellow soldiers. These methods are great on the field as they allow the carrier to easily transfer the soldier to another person once muscle strain sets it (which happens fairly quickly when you are carrying a large limp person). These methods can be done from a standing, kneeling, or crawling position depending on the situation (a battle zone, for example, might call for low crawling up to the soldier).

From the Crawling Position

  1. Lay down perpendicular to the soldier. Rest your back on top of his chest with your hips off of the ground.
  2. Reach back, grab high up on his thigh, and bring it over your shoulder.
  3. Make a motion as if you are pitching a baseball away from his thigh.
  4. Start to get up, making sure your hips and elbows stay down. Do not roll over too far to where your face is too close to the ground because it will make it hard to stand up.
  5. Slowly stand up like normal.

From the Kneeling Position

  1. Kneel down with your left leg extended and your right knee touching the ground.
  2. Place your right knee next to his left hip.
  3. Place his right leg up and over your left knee.
  4. Take your right arm and loop through underneath his right thigh. Grab on.
  5. Place your ear on the opposite hip.
  6. Roll through slowly and stand up.

From the Standing Position

  1. Grab his right foot with your left hand.
  2. Place your right hand underneath his right thigh.
  3. Roll over and stand up.

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Wil Willis is a Ranger and Pararescue former specialized in tactical trauma emergency care. You can see here his instrucion and some bad ass skills. Catch him here on facebook Wil Willis and on his instagram @whiskey2whiskey.

Posted by Good Guys in Bad Lands on Monday, February 27, 2017

 

Knowing how to transport an unconscious person is a tidbit of trivia perfect for emergency situations and entertaining guests at a party. Plus it makes for a great workout, so go wrangle up a spouse or kid and get practicing already.

 

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Madison Garner

Madison Garner

Madison is a freelance writer with an endless curiosity for fitness and survival know-how. She admires the resilience, passion, and grit of the military personnel she's known in her life. When she's not writing, you'll often find her hiking in the woods with a packed rucksack.