Harness Instructions for the Backboard Instructions

Place harness in basket, remove chest spacer from red webbing.


 Red to head

Black at the belt

Blue to shoe – lay tails to outside as shown

 Package patient onto backboard following your departments normal strapping procedure.

Place patient and the backboard into the basket, rest head of the board on the top rail of basket and foot on a short tool to assist with webbing movement. Ensure back board does not slip.

Place the mid-point connector centered onto the waist. Bring the waist webbingthrough the back board openings and connect to the D-rings on the side of the mid-point connector.  If these buckles are gold, they do not need to be half-hitched.  If these buckles are silver, half hitch black webbing behind the roller buckle.

Advance blue webbing through the back board openings at hip area, pass under legs then cross the groin and connect to the side D-rings of the mid-point connector on the opposite side.  When passing under the legs use the void beneath knee.  Pad groin as needed.  Lightly snug blue webbing at this time, insure waist connector stays in position.

Advance the red webbing through the back board openings at or just  below shoulders. Advance red webbing through chest spacer than connects to side D-rings at the mid-point connector.  Lightly snug red webbing at this time, insure waist connector stays in position.

Snug all tails ensuring mid-point connector is centered. 



Position chest space at nipple line.   If a chest injury is suspected, pad under and around chest spacer as needed.

Remove bar and reposition back board into basket as low as possible.

Advance blue webbing to basket struts, wrap one complete rotation at first contact.  The contact point must be low on the basket to ensure at least a 45 degree webbing angle.  Finish lacing patient in the basket using the “X pattern” as show.  The size of the patient will dictate the number of Xs needed.

Finish off webbing at last basket contact by  wrapping one complete rotationaround strut and finish off with two half hitches on each side.

Advance red webbing to basket strut, wrap one complete rotation at first contact.The contact point must be high on basket to ensure at least a 45 degree webbing angle. 

Red webbing is then either brought across to the chest spacer or brought down, wrapped at a basket strut near the nipple line and advanced to the chest spacer depending on the type of basket and size of patient.   Now pass red webbing through the D-rings at the chest spacer as shown in the picture, and tie off with two half hitches on each side. 



If a chest injury is suspected, bring tail back to basket strut and half hitch off at strut location instead of at D-ring location.

Caution must be exercised to avoid airway compromise, never cross webbing close to throat.

Option for lacing

This picture shows the  red webbing attaching high on the basket.  This is recommended for some types of baskets or large patients to ensure a 45 degree webbing angle.


The system is now complete, attach the victim safety line to the center D-ring of the mid-point connector. 

Never connect safety lines to the chest spacer!

Vertical Rescue Operations

Lace red webbing back through roller buckles on both sides to insure zero slip.

MLFGear recommends a two line 12.5 mm static kernmantle rope system for all high angle basket operations.



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