Do many Mountain Rescue teams in Scotland still use the MacInnes stretcher?
The MacInnes Stretcher, invented by mountaineer Hamish MacInnes was a breakthrough when it was made in the early 60’s and took many years of hard work from its early days to develop.
Hamish MacInnes designed his first folding stretcher in the early 1960’s. Made from aluminium alloy, some of those early stretchers are still in use. The design has been continuously improved over the years and they have been used on five Everest expeditions. The MK6 splits in two and is carried to an accident scene on special pack frames and is extremely rugged. The latest MK7 model, made from space age materials, has amazing strength and resistance to abrasion or low temperatures. This one piece stretcher meets the requirements for disasters, military operations, dedicated helicopter work and mountain rescue.
I used it a lot with the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams and though we changed to the Bell Stretcher it…
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