The fireman's carry (figure 2-5) is used to quickly move an unconscious or
severely injured casualty for a moderate or long distance. The steps for performing
the fireman's carry are given below.
a. Raise the casualty to a standing position (figure 2-5 A). Use the procedures
given in paragraphs 2-4 and 2-5, as needed.
b. Grasp the casualty's wrist and lift his arm high over his head while continuing
to support the casualty with your other arm, (figure 2-5 B). If the casualty has an injured
arm, grasp the wrist of the uninjured arm.
c. Bend at the waist and kneel (stoop if in a chemical environment), pulling the
casualty over your shoulder. At the same time, slip your arm from his waist, pass the
arm between the casualty's legs, and grasp behind the casualty's knee, (figure 2-5 C).
d. Move the hand grasping the casualty's wrist toward the hand grasping the
e. Grasp the casualty's wrist with the hand at the casualty's knee, thus freeing
the hand that was originally holding the wrist, (figure 2-5 D).
f. Place your free hand on your knee and slowly rise to a standing position
(figure 2-5 E). Use the hand on your knee to help you rise without straining your back.
g. Adjust the casualty's body so his weight is distributed comfortably.
h. Move forward, carrying the casualty. Use your free hand to carry the
casualty's weapon, move around obstacles, and so forth.