Fireman's carry

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A fireman's carry or fireman's lift is a technique allowing one person to carry another person without assistance, by placing the carried person across the shoulders of the carrier.

The technique was commonly used by firefighters to carry injured or unconscious people away from danger, but has been replaced in firefighting due to the drawback that smoke and heat are greater higher up, and may be fatal to the person being carried.

The "fireman's carry" technique is still taught for use outside of firefighting. Soldiers use this technique to carry wounded comrades. Lifeguards are sometimes trained to use the fireman's carry.

Many professional wrestling moves such as Death Valley driver, Samoan drop, F-5 and others include this technique.

The "fireman's carry" was once used by Judo founder Kanō Jigorō as an unexpected method to defeat a tough opponent. Its success inspired the creation of the Judo technique known as kata guruma.


Carrying someone in this manner has several advantages over other methods of moving another person. The subject's torso is fairly level, which helps prevent further injuries....
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