The standard chemical litter (figure 3-3) consists of aluminum poles painted with
chemical agent resistant coating. It conforms to all North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) standards and weighs about 15 pounds. The cover fabric is a honeycomb
weave of monofilament polypropylene. The fabric will not absorb agent and is not
degraded by decontamination fluids. It is flame retardant and rip resistant. It is treated
to withstand weather and sunlight.
Figure 3-3. Chemical litter.
FOLDING ALUMINUM LITTER
The folding aluminum litter (figure 3-4) is often used in airdrop and airborne
a. Components. The folding aluminum litter is very similar to the standard
collapsible litter except that its poles are hinged in the middle (which allows the litter to
be folded lengthwise) and the stirrups fold flat against the poles when the litter is
collapsed and stored (figure 3-4 A).
b. Accessories. The folding aluminum litter usually comes with two or four
patient securing straps.
c. Dimensions. The length of a litter is 90 inches when open, but is about 50
inches when the litter is folded lengthwise. When open, the litter bed measures 72
inches in length and slightly more than 22 inches across (figure 3-4 B). The litter
weights about 25 pounds.