About the Course

Basic Litter Handling is a 5-part course serving as a preamble to a larger concept and teaching. Often, the term "cliff rescue" shines the light on the vertical movement of a patient and attendee in a basket or litter. However, more often than not, the scenario is more of a group of people in a "carry out" and this is often the site of numerous rescue technician injuries (namely back and ankles.) This short series serves only as an illumination of a larger topic.

Class 4 and Class 5 will be added very soon as the videos techniques we use are being adjusted now to reflect more current thoughts, but honestly, there is nothing basic about Class 4 and 5 litter work.

The Basic Litter Handling course is a more than just a teaser; it's a start to finish inside look at what handlers must "know before they go." It isn't to say there aren't other ways to move a basket around — the concepts in this course are foundational.

What You'll Learn

When you enroll in this course, you'll begin learning concepts such as:

  • Terrain assessment

  • Litter movement

  • Litter bearing

  • Class 2 litter handling

  • Class 3 litter handling

  • Vertical litter rigging

  • And more!

Learn from One of the Best in the Industry

Learn more about Basic Litter Handling’s expert instructor

  • Peak Rescue  Institute

    Rigging Lab Academy Instructor | Non-Profit Organization

    Peak Rescue Institute

    Peak Rescue Institute is a non-profit organization centered around an educational community of experienced professional emergency responders who volunteer their time to provide a memorable and quality education. They are dedicated to educating individuals and organizations in the art and science of rope rescue and related disciplines.Members of their staff come from a variety of professional backgrounds with a broad range of experience relevant to the technical rescue field. Many of their instructors are professional firefighters, several have careers in the lifeguard service, an ss a group, they have over 200 years of experience in technical rescue. All of their instructors and support staff are full volunteers.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
  • 2
    Unit 2: Terrain Assessment & Litter Movement
    • 2.1 Quiz: Terrain Assessment & Litter Movement
    • 2.2 Video Tutorial: Terrain Assessment & Litter Movement
  • 3
    Unit 3: Litter Bearing & Navigation
    • 3.1 Quiz: Litter Bearing & Navigation
  • 4
    Unit 4: Class 2 Litter Handling
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Class 2 Litter Handling
    • 4.1 Quiz: Class 2 Litter Handling
  • 5
    Unit 5: Class 3 Litter Handling
    • 5.1 Quiz: Class 3 Litter Handling
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Class 3 Litter Handling
  • 6
    Unit 6: Vertical Litter Rigging
    • 6.1 Quiz: Vertical Litter Rigging
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: Vertical Litter Rigging
  • 7
    Unit 7: Wrap Up
    • 7.1 Wrap Up

Added Perks

Additional features Rigging Lab Academy Members are enjoying

  • Certificate of Completion

    Download your personalized Certificate of Completion after completing the course.

  • 100% Self-Paced

    Go through the course material as fast or as slow as you'd like.

  • Private Discussion Board

    Ask questions, meet other students, and even chat with the course instructor.

What Students Are Saying

  • Really informative stuff

    Neal Hosaka

    This course was very informative learning about mountaineering classes as it relates to rescues. I like how moving the basket was taught. It made lots of se...

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    This course was very informative learning about mountaineering classes as it relates to rescues. I like how moving the basket was taught. It made lots of sense if you think about. So often the extra guys would be following instead of leading. I've done that for years but definitely learned lots from the training.

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  • Covered terrain material really well

    Henry Combs

    This course was brief and to the point. It covered traveling over various terrain really well. However, it lacked depth when it comes to lifting, attending, ...

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    This course was brief and to the point. It covered traveling over various terrain really well. However, it lacked depth when it comes to lifting, attending, and packaging.

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  • Would recommend

    Graffus Johnston III

    This was a very informative course.

    This was a very informative course.

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  • Great techniques!

    Brice Brown

    This litter carrying the classes of terrain vary right? I mean sandy, muddy, rocky, not only the angles how would you classify these terrains. Thank you for ...

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    This litter carrying the classes of terrain vary right? I mean sandy, muddy, rocky, not only the angles how would you classify these terrains. Thank you for sharing this material.

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  • Great review

    Robert Brackett

    Allowed me to review litter tending practices.

    Allowed me to review litter tending practices.

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  • Great demonstrations

    Billy Martin

    The terrain explanation and demonstrations were great. But why quiz before info is presented? Why only show horizontal rigging and not verticle?

    The terrain explanation and demonstrations were great. But why quiz before info is presented? Why only show horizontal rigging and not verticle?

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