c. Lift one edge of the blanket and bring the blanket section over the pole so that
it lies on top of the other half of the blanket (figure 7-7 A).
d. Place a second pole so that it divides the doubled blanket into two equal
sections (figure 7-7 B).
e. Bring the far edge of the blanket over the second pole and place the edge
next to the first pole (figure 7-7 C). Note that the "bed" of the litter contains four layers
of material. The improvised litter is now ready to receive the casualty.
Figure 7-7. Blanket and pole improvised litter.
PONCHO AND POLE LITTER
There are many variations of the blanket and pole improvised litter. Straight tree
limbs or other similar rigid objects can be substituted for the poles. A poncho, tent half,
waterproof canvas or other material can be used instead of a blanket. Instructions for
improvising a litter using two tent poles and a poncho are given below.
a. Open the poncho and lay it flat on the ground.
b. Lay two poles across the poncho so that the poncho is divided into thirds
(figure 7-8 A).
c. Reach in and pull the hood toward you and lay it flat on the poncho. Make
sure the drawstrings are not hanging out of the hole. (The hood and drawstrings could
catch on brush or other obstacles if left hanging.)
d. Fold one outer third of the poncho over the pole and bring the outer edge of
the poncho mater next to the far pole (figure 7-8 B).
e. Fold the other outer third of the poncho over its pole in the same manner
(figure 7-8 C).