(1) The bearer near the casualty's feet (bearer 2) slips his arms under the
(2) The middle bearer (bearer 4) and the leader (bearer 1) pass their arms
under the casualty's thighs and under the small of the back. They do not lock hands.
(3) The bearer near the casualty's head (bearer 3) passes one hand under
the casualty's near shoulder and slips the other arm under the casualty's neck and
moves his hand so it is under the casualty's far shoulder. The second arm under the
neck cradles and immobilizes the casualty's head during the lift.
d. Upon command from the leader, the four bearers slowly lift the casualty in
unison and place him on the raised thighs of the three bearers on the same side of the
casualty (figure 3-17).
e. Once the casualty rests securely on the bearers thighs, the leader removes
his arms from the casualty and moves the litter beneath the casualty.
f. The leader again moves to support the casualty's thighs and back.
g. Upon command from the leader, the bearers slowly lower the casualty to the
litter in unison and remove their arms from under the casualty.
Figure 3-17. Four bearers supporting a casualty.