Heavy Lifting and Air Bag Rescue Training


The Colorado School of Mines, EMCIS Program is partnering with First Responder equipment manufacturers to provide mine rescue teams and maintenance crews with the lifting technology and training that Fire Service professionals use to perform rescues and recoveries each day.

Pneumatic, low pressure air bags can be used to immediately lift a heavy object off of a victim or help free a victim from some types of entrapment. Air bag systems can also be used in daily maintenance activities, where trained operators can use them to lift or stabilize heavy objects.

Air bags for heavy lifting are standard equipment on almost all Fire Service rescue vehicles.

The Colorado School of Mines, EMCIS Program can provide your mine with professional trainers that will instruct your miners on how to effectively use air bag systems. These trainers are certified by the actual equipment manufacturer and routinely train the best Fire Departments nationwide.

Target Audience:

  • Maintenance crews
  • Mine Rescue Teams


  • How to effectively operate air bag systems
  • Develop life-saving skills involving air bag systems


  • Air bag system components
  • System setup
  • Equipment and situational safety
  • Operating principles of air bag systems
  • Mine Hazard awareness
  • Situation assessment and lifting tactics
  • Communication and control of lifting operations
  • Equipment storage, transportation, and maintenance


  • Course length will vary based upon training needs.

Course Dates:

  • Call the EMCIS main office at 303-384-2700 or email Clancy Harman at charman@mines.edu to schedule a training session for your team.


  • CSM Edgar Mine in Idaho Springs, CO
  • Your mine site


  • Please contact Clancy Harman at charman@mines.edu or call the EMCIS main office at 303-384-2700 to tailor a specific training program to fit your needs.


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