LOADING LITTER CASUALTIES INTO THE IROQUOIS AIR AMBULANCE
a. Six Litter Configuration. Use two four-man litter squads to load litter
casualties when possible. If only one squad is used, load the upper right tier first, then
the middle right tier, the lower right tier, the upper left tier, the middle left tier, and finally
the lower left tier (most seriously injured casualty). If two litter squads are available,
load litter casualties into both sides simultaneously, beginning with the upper tier. Some
general instructions for loading casualties are given below.
Carry the litter casualty to helicopter using a four-man carry.
(2) Turn so the casualty is even and parallel to the cargo compartment of
the helicopter and his head is toward the front of the helicopter (figure 5-5).
Figure 5-5. Preparing to load the first casualty (right side) into an Iroquois air
ambulance with crewman ready to assist.
(3) Lift the litter until the litter handles are even with the brackets that will
support the litter handles.
(4) The bearer at the casualty's inside shoulder (bearer between the
helicopter and the casualty's head) gives his handle to a crew member, moves around
the front of the litter, and takes the outside front litter handle.
(5) The litter bearer who releases the outside front litter handle then moves
his hands down the litter pole to the middle of the litter to help steady and support the