Basic Litter Handling: Class 3 Litter Handling

Written By: Lance Piatt

A Shout-Out to Peak Rescue Institute for their amazing commitment to Excellence and Service.

Class 3 Litter Operations would be considered by most a low angle litter operation.  Not necessarily “technical”, but terrain considerations and footing could change a “standard” operation to something a bit more meaty.

It isn’t just backcountry or rural SAR teams that deal with these carry-outs, but urban teams as well.  Highway ramps and burrows, spillways, construction sites and a host of other challenges may await the unprepared.

To minimize danger from loose ground, pay close attention to your foot placement and be mindful of people below. Try to avoid working directly above other people. It is wise to wear gloves to protect your hands from scrapes. Also remember to let go of the litter if you stumble; if you use the litter to steady yourself, you may take the whole team down with you.

Often Class 2-3 is also considered “low angle”. This is actually 15°- 40° and that is a huge gap.  Lots can happen during this time. As the terrain angle approaches 40° the potential for injury increases. Soggy, icy, frozen and or loose slopes creates as much if not more hardship on a given team than any steep or high angle evacuation could.  Be careful and be aware!


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