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    Question lifting bag training

    anybody have any unique ideas on how to train with lifting bags? we have done the usual stuff-lifting truck in station, car under back of bus at junkyard, overturned farm equip., etc. I am looking for new unique ideas to keep the guys interested and make the drills more challenging.

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    A good review we enjoy is to put a vehicle on it's roof. Stabilize the trunk with box crib on exterior of both sides and use a 4X4 across trunk or a buttress system. Cut all posts to permit a complete roof removal. Use the air bags to lift at the hood. Once lifted the roof can be pulled out from the vehicle with victims stabilized on it. This is always a good review for proper cribbing and use of air bags.

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    Raise a round culvert. Rasie and crib an I beam with a cup of water on it. Have the crew not spill any water

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    Default lifting bag training

    Try lifting concrete slabs that are flet on the ground and lifting round concrete culverts. In both operations use a full glass of water, the objective being not to spill the h2o. Also, lifting trailers attached to semi's simulating a vehicle under ride.

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    Try some farm tractor work.

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    Default think horizontal, not vertical

    Airbags are a versatile tool when it comes to heavy lifting. Their main drawback is the number of people it takes to set up and operate, and the amount of time it takes to setup and complete a lifting evolution. Now-a-days there are dozens of faster and less-manpower intensive tools which can do the same job.

    Have you ever used an airbag to apply sideways pressure on an object? Think about moving a B-post further away from a car seat. It's a tight spot which is too close to the patient to use a HRT. The airbag is easy to control the rate of movement and has no sharp edges to injure the patient.

    You could also use an airbag as an "inflatable wedge" to rescue a man trapped in a machine. Use a small airbag and some wedges. The airbag will separate the entrapping objects slowy and controlled. The wedges will be your cribbing in case of airbag failure.

    It's in these close-quarters situations that the airbag really shows its usefullness.

    Dave Hershey

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    Arrow Try this...

    We've a fixed site for heavy rescue trng, including a 30,000# mixer drum balanced on an auto. Obviously the drum crushed the auto roof to a degree, however ask the team to lift and stabilize the drum so the auto could be removed.

    We are planning a Heavy Lifting University next year in NC that will offer multiple challenging scenarios utilizing air bag rescue systems. One of the scenarios will include the 'drum' plus a RR tanker underride.

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    I noticed this is a old post...

    but if your interested/looking, we offer airbag/cushion training
    it is usually tied into our BTR classes

    we come to your location with a team.

    I'm also a factory trainer for matjack

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