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In case of military personnel, for example removing wounded or dead from a battlefield, the modern term is combat medic who will have received considerable training. Stretcher-bearers would have received basic first-aid training.
The wounded soldier had to wait until the stretcher-bearers arrived or simply the stretcher-bearers will find them.
A stretcher-bearer party, sometimes a stretcher party or company, is a group or a band of people temporarily or regularly associated which have to carry injured persons with stretchers. In army stretcher-bearers were kind of specific soldiers who work with military ambulances and medical services. A famous stretcher-bearer and ambulance driver during the First World War was the young Ernest Hemingway.
- Litter-bearer was more acute
Martine Da Silva-Vion, Jacques Theureau, "Stretcher bearers Autonomy Coordination with Units" in Healthcare systems ergonomics and patient safety, human factor, a bridge between care and cure, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sabastiano Bagnara, Tommaso Bellandi, Sara Abolino (editors), Taylor & Francis, London, 2005, 546 pages, § page 185-196.
- Definition and usage with quotations in literature and poetry
- The Stretcher Bearer Party painted around 1918 by the lieutenant Cyril Barraud (1877–1965) masterpiece from the Canadian War Museum
- Photograph of stretcher-bearer party, National Library of Scotland
- The Dead Stretcher-bearer painted by Gilbert Rogers