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close this bookDisaster Rescue - Australian Emergency Manual (Natural Disaster Organization, 183 p.)
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View the documentSingle Rescuer Human Crutch
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View the documentFirefighter's Crawl (Figure 5:28)
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Firefighter's Crawl (Figure 5:28)

5.32 Firefighter's Crawl (Figure 5:28)

This is an invaluable method where a casualty has to be removed from a burning building.

As you can see in Figure 5:28, both rescuer and casualty have their heads low down where the clearest and coolest air is to be found if the building is on fire. It can also be appreciated that the entire weight of the casualty does not have to be supported by the rescuer.

The hands should be crossed over and tied with a bandage or similar. The firefighter's crawl method can be varied according to personal preference. An alternative method is for the rescuer to place an arm, shoulder and head through the casualty's arms.

Fig 5:28 Firefighter's crawl