Abandoned Mine Hazard Awareness

Abandoned mines litter the western United States, with the state of Colorado one of the most afflicted by this hazard. They extend from the eastern flank of the Front Range west, with  few areas in the Rockies and the Western Slope completely free of any abandoned mines. Abandoned mines are frequently explored by a diverse group of people, and entrapment or other accidents may render rescue necessary. Furthermore, others enter abandoned mines inadvertently, at which point they are often in need of rescue as well. First responders have been forced to attempt rescues in these unique environments, often without the training needed to fully understand the complex and hazardous environment of as abandoned mine.

The Colorado School of Mines - EMCIS in conjunction with the CSM Mine Rescue team is pleased to offer training on the unique hazards of abandoned mines, so that first responders may be better prepared to respond to an emergency at or near an abandoned mine site.

Target Audience:

  • First Responders
  • Rescue Teams


  • To provide your agency introductory knowledge and basic skills necessary to protect or ensure the safety of your personnel in an abandoned mine rescue


  • Training in:
    • Gases
    • Ground support
    • Assessing ground conditions & rock stability
    • Mine layouts & organization
    • Other mine - specific hazards
    • Useful skills & basic info about mine rescue
  • This training can be conducted as a lecture, a hands-on portion at the Edgar Mine, or as a combination of the two, either together or on different days, with instruction provided by both EMCIS instructors and members of the CSM Mine Rescue team. 


  • To be determined by your desired scope of training

Course Dates:

  • TBD


  • Training can occur at the CSM Edgar mine or at a location of your choosing.


  • Please contact Clancy Harman at charman@mines.edu or call 303-384-2705 to tailor a specific training program to fit your needs.


Please Note:
Schedules and plans are arranged as needed by your agency, and costs are variable. Please contact us to develop a specific training program for your agency and to work out the associated logistics.



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