Survival skills: How to carry a person

st_61featA crisis situation can arise at any moment. In these uncertain times you never know what’s going to be next, another disease, a war or a natural disaster. In any SHTF situation, you probably won’t be alone. It is likely that you will continue to live or at least be in touch with friends and family. Knowing how to carry a person might be one of the most important skills you need to know, if you want to keep your loved ones safe.

There are a number of ways to move, pick up or carry an injured person. The one you will choose will depend on specific circumstances, such as the type of wound and available resources.

The Fireman’s Carry

Firefighters are very well prepared for emergency situations. They are employed in wide variety of situations including medical emergencies, military crisis and natural disasters, among others. Carrying injured victims in extremely dangerous environments is one of the most frequent challenges they face. Picking up unconscious or disabled persons and getting them to safety are some of the most important parts of their training. The way you go about this is quite simple, I’m sure you’ve seen it on TV and in movies.

You want to lift the person to their feet and face them. Hold them behind the waist with your dominant hand. Begin by grabbing their corresponding wrist with your free hand and raising it above his or her head.

Drop on your dominant foot’s knee or squat a little. Pull the person over your shoulders. Holding your knee somewhat between the person’s legs could make it easier for you.

st_61.3Move your dominant arm from behind the waist to between the thighs and balance the victim over your neck and shoulders. You know you’ve done it right if your dominant inside elbow is holding the back inside thigh of the person’s leg and your other hand is tightly holding their wrist.

After you’ve caught your balance, slowly stand up, keeping your back straight and pushing with your legs.

While very effective and arguably quick, this method might be difficult to use for longer distances. It is very well suited for emergency situations or if you need to cross over rough terrain, however it does put a considerable strain on your knees and legs.

It will take a little practice to get it right. You would probably be able to lift a person straight away; however you’ll get used to it as you practice. This is one of the most important survival skills you could learn. Being able to carry someone to safety is a great addition to your own and your family’s survival odds in case of a crisis situation. It might not be possible to carry just about anyone with this grip for longer distances, however anybody, regardless of size, could at least move an injured person or help them reach a safer place, where they could get help.





Do you know how to do a fireman’s carry? Have you ever carried a person much heavier than you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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