World War II Furley-type USGI stretchers.
Back in May of 2011 I wrote a praxis piece on "Litter Evacuation. No conflict comes without casualties." It has lots of handy links in it, as well.
Talon II 90C tactical combat stretcher
Here in the Vanderboegh household we have two of the old Furley-type rigid wooden and canvas stretchers, circa 1970s production, stashed up in the garage where the mice can't get 'em, as well as a North American Rescue Talon II 90C tactical combat stretcher that I picked up for a song of a trade at a gun show a while back. The problem with these types is their weight and bulk.
Talon II 90C folded up in backpack carrier.
The Furley-types cannot be folded lengthwise, are about 90 inches long and weigh about 15 pounds. The Talon folds up nicely but weighs about 16.5 pounds.
One solution is to go to pole-less litters. Above is a a Blackhawk Rapid Flex Medical Litter Here are the specs:
• Heavy-duty, impermeable PVC tarpaulin material• Six durable 2” nylon web loop handles (two carry handles on each side and one drag handle at each end)• Combined strength of all four handles exceeds 1700 lbs.• Drag weight exceeds 1600 lbs.• Stabilizing torso strap is constructed of 2” nylon webbing and adjusts to 76” with side-release buckleSpecifications:• Dimensions (rolled): 4”D x 20”W• Dimensions (open): 20”W x 44”L• Weight (empty): 2.25 lbs.MSRP: $48.99
Another is the Stingray Poleless Litter from North American Rescue.
1. Constructed of non-skid, flame-retardant monofilament polypropylene fabric2. Resistant to mildew, acids, alkalis and penetration liquids3. Tested by Federal & private labs using live warfare agents4. 6 heavy-duty carrying handles5. 2 casualty securing straps6. Made for decontamination rollersConstructed with a non-skid, flame-retardant monofilament polypropylene material, the Stingray® Poleless Litter features two web straps to secure the litter around the body and six heavy-duty handles make it easy to carry. This design allows rescuers to insert a 2 in. pole, such as pike poles, through the litter cover or to use debris through the outer handles. The Stingray® is ideal for decontamination roller systems and moving wet patients.The Stingray® is tested and approved by both Federal and private laboratories using live warfare agents.MSRP: $83.01
The Stingray weighs five pounds.
These are two lightweight solutions to the casualty evacuation problem. And do remember that no conflict comes without casualties. Think through and prepare now for what we pray never happens.