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G.5.11 35A/P Stretcher


Paramedic Services Effective Date: April 30, 2019
Topic: Vehicles, Equipment & Facilities  Replaces: March 1, 2010
Subject: 35A/P Stretcher Policy No. G.5.11.



To outline standard and safe process for the utilization of the Ferno 35A and 35P Stretchers.

  • Paramedics
  • Paramedic Superintendents


Rationale for use
  • The Ferno Model 35-P or 35-A transporters are emergency patient handling devices designed for use by a minimum of 2 trained operators in Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB ambulances. The devices are designed for roll-in loading. Both the 35-A and 35-P stretchers operate in a similar manner. While this directive reference use for both stretchers, any differences will be specified. The stretchers have weight limitations of 500 pounds (227 Kg) for the 35-A, and 650 pounds (295 Kg) for the 35-P. In the lowest position, the weight capacity of the 35-P increases to 1000 pounds (454 Kg).

Transporter features include:

  • The 35-P has anodized/coloured tubing to prevent discolouring transfer
  • Eight height positions
  • Two loading positions for vehicle floors 28"-33"
  • Adjustable pneumatic backrest (35-P)
  • Shock frame
  • Swing-down sidearms
  • Lead handle at foot end
  • Four 6-inch, U-tread swivel transport wheels
  • Two toe-touch wheel locks
  • Two telescoping side lift handles
  • Multipurpose drop frame
  • Set of restraints 
Procedure for Use

General Guidelines for Use:

  • A minimum of two trained operators is required.
  • Operators work together at all times using appropriate lifting procedures.
  • One Paramedic operates at the foot and one Paramedic at the head of the stretcher when rolling it.
  • The Paramedic at the foot should pull and steer while the Paramedic at the head should push.
  • Paramedics must communicate transporter movements, and coordinate movements.
  • Maintain two handed contact with the stretcher at all times.
  • Always use patient restraints.
  • Move the transporter using a rolling position only.
  • Lower the stretcher and carry the if the ground is too rough to safely roll the stretcher. Additional personnel may be used where necessary.
  • The stretcher should be lifted over ground obstacles.
  • Avoiding sideway movement that will cause instability.
  • Note that vehicle position can affect loading height.

For more detailed instructions, please refer to the user’s manual located in the Cert’n system. 


The transporter is subject to scheduled preventative maintenance and cleaning following use. The transporter should be cleaned in accordance with the Disinfection of Vehicles and Patient Care Equipment Policy & Procedure.


Ferno Canada 35-A and 35-P user Manuals 

MOHLTC, EHS-B, Patient Care Equipment Standards 

EHS-B, Occupational Health Services, A Lifting Training Program for EMAs. 

Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB, Paramedic Services, Ergonomics Policy & Procedure. 

Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB, Paramedic Services, Cot Maintenance Program Policy & Procedure. 

Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB, Paramedic Services, Securing Equipment Policy & Procedure. 

Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB, Paramedic Services, Disinfecting of Vehicles and Patient Care Equipment Policy & Procedure.