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August 27, 2016 / 23 Av, 5776
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Fireman’s Lift

Fireman's Lift

Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

This is one of those things they teach you in boot camp and it stays with you for the rest of your life. The fireman’s lift, or, in Hebrew, Schivat Patzua (carrying the wounded) is a clever way of picking up a man who is roughly your weight and even a little heavier, and distributing his weight across your shoulders so that you are able to carry him for a considerable distance – without causing him too much discomfort.

The image below skips a step, I think, between C and D, where you push your arm between the injured person’s legs and then bending your body forward to start lifting.

Just thought you should know. Practice on one another until you get it right.

At ease…

Firemans lift

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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One Response to “Fireman’s Lift”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    haredi men should be ashamed since Jewish female defenders of Israel must carry the men while haredi sit back cowardly and not observe Jewish commandments and laws about protecting the Jewish State of Israel.
    Defence is a must whether religious or not. Ironically, the non-religious observes Hashem's commandment of defence while haredi are apikorus and do not practice anyting that they studied in our holy books.

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