Firefighter Carries and Drags – Part 1 The ‘L’ Carry

The next few posts will be devoted to showing and listing different carries and drags of firefighters and victims.  The first is the ‘L’  carry or drag and all you need is your webbing.  15′ of webbing may work, but we’ve found that 20′ is the optimal length and will guarantee that you’ll be able to perform the wrap on the largest firefighter.  As you approach your victim and you find the legs, take one leg and wrap a girth hitch (also known as a larks foot or cow hitch) around either one of the thighs.

single girth hitch around one thigh

single girth hitch around one thigh

After you’ve girthed the thigh, you should move to the back of the firefighter and take one part of the loop under each of the victims armpits creating two pull loops.

Completed 'L' carry with two pull loops

Completed 'L' carry with two pull loops

The completed harness leaves two pull loops for either one or two firefighters to use to pull the victim.  Additionally, you can girth the two pull loops to make one pull handle creating two constricting points on your victim.  This would be called an ‘L’ carry with a girth or larks foot.

The benefits of this harness is that it is easy to complete blacked out and with gloves on and it doesn’t constrict the chest like a hasty chest harness does.   I will cover the hasty chest in a later post.  The only potential negative that I can think of with this harness is that if you let go of your pull handles, or slip and fall it might take a moment or two to reset the harness before you resume your drag again.

Additionally, we thought that if you girthed  both legs at the knee and completed the rest of the harness in the same way that you might have a great handle for a second firefighter to grab if you were removing the victim up a set of stairs.  We haven’t drilled the idea yet so I’ll let you guys know what the outcome is when we figure it out.

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3 Responses to “Firefighter Carries and Drags – Part 1 The ‘L’ Carry”

  1. Captain R. Wells DFD Says:

    Hello, Im Captain R. Wells for Denver Fire and I named this carry the “L” carry as in my you tube video and would love to share the true reason this is called the L” carry and the true benefits.

    • Cap

      Thanks for writing in. Please share. I love the carry and find its a useful option to teach my guys

      • Captain R. Wells DFD Says:

        Well, it started back in 2004 when do High Rise victim/FF removal
        Finding that 2 FF’s can remove a victim down core construction stairs faster in a side by side position after converting the harness ,then place the victim in a ‘L” shape – this allowed less friction going down stairs as the angle in creases only the victims lower legs touch.Then when we began RIT ops- we taught that this “L” position allowed FF’s to remove the victim quickly and ramp over debris by lifting his bottom ( afterSCBA harness conversion) in the ‘L” position going up or down stairs is very efficient. Then off to the 5 ring harness or rescue straps for RIT not that fast to apply but for certain obstacles it works great – once the 5 ring is on the victim again place them in the “L” position. then when teaching our Truck crews any easy no brainer tool for webbing removal we decided to just keep things consistent so wether you apply a larks foot, twist, or pre loop – you put the victim in the “L” position and has nothing at all to do with the webbing it self. The guys out there or in the recent Fire engineering are wrong about why, what etc… and we will be putting out a video instruction to clear it all up. denver fire training on youtube tw4dfd shows a bit.back in 09 and and my lack of clarification led to people trying to interpret it themselves —— tomorrow i’ll write about all the details im a sucky scribe. stay low… stay safe ……….

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