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Inflatable Mine Refuge Shelter

The MSHA approved LifeShelter™ is a rugged, portable, powerless inflatable refuge shelter that provides 96 hours of breathable air, food and water for up to 34 people. Since ChemBio is the original inventor and patent holder of over 1,600 licensed shelters in the field, it enables us to provide the lowest cost shelter alternative to the mining industry.

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  • 15 psi Container – Contains supplies and a stores a rolled tent.  Perimeter protection is standard on all models
  • O2 and Compressed air – 5,000 psi cylinders provide 96 hours of air for up to 34 people
  • Proprietary Cylinder Valves – Our cylinder valves have an integrated gauge port that allows the valves to remain in the off position while still being able to monitor cylinder pressure
  • CO2 Scrubbing – ChemBio is the only shelter manufacturer that produces an MSHA approved CO2 scrubbing system which is another reason why we provide the lowest cost alternative
  • Shelter – the tent is rolled out of the container and inflated by compressed air
  • Air Lock – Our patent pending venturi system purges the air lock more efficiently
  • Capacity – Up to 34 people can survive for 4 days
  • Consumables – 4 days of food and water is provided for up to 34 people
  • Gas Monitoring – Remote air sampling MSHA approved detectors are available
  • MSHA Approvals – Air monitoring, breatheable air, harmful gas, structural
  • Shelf Life – All supplies have a 5 year shelf life

Models Specifications

Models available:

  • Model 2428
    • Steel container dimensions: 24″ H X 96″ W X 16′ L
    • Inflatable Tent
    • Capacity: Up to 20 persons
    • Weight: Approx 15,000 Lb
  • Model 3236
    • Steel container dimensions: 32″ H X 102″ W X 18′ L
    • Inflatable Tent
    • Capacity: Up to 30 persons
    • Weight: Approx 16,500 Lb
  • Model 4042
    • Steel container dimensions: 40″ H X 102″ W X 16′ L
    • Inflatable Tent
    • Capacity: Up to 34 persons
    • Weight: Approx 18,000 Lb

Shelter Rental Program

Need a shelter quick? Give us a call and we will deliver a rental shelter on short notice. As your mine expands additional units can be delivered as needed. Downsizing? Call us and we will pick the shelter up and you stop paying. Long term, short term rentals, lease to own options available on all models. View Shelter Rentals.

Services and Inspections

Six month inspections, annual refresher training (with trainer and unit), service calls, support for erps and technical information about the shelters.

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