Request a place BA Champions Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: Three days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Start/finish time: 0830 - 1730hrs

The BA Champions Course is intended for HART personnel who are required to carry out routine maintenance and statutory monthly inspections on breathing apparatus in accordance with Draeger’s recommendations.

Delegates will be assessed by a Draeger training officer in the skills and knowledge required to achieve the standards of competence to maintain the specified Draeger equipment. This course will focus on the HART BA equipment, Bodyguard II, software and Merlin Board.

Course overview

The course aims to provide students with the underpinning knowledge to carry out maintenance, repair and fault finding of the HART BA Equipment. This will also include practical fault finding and the use of test equipment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Outline the legislation surrounding the maintenance of BA Equipment
  • Demonstrate the skills required in all aspects of maintaining the equipment
  • Select and use the correct tools
  • Use of test equipment
  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical aspects of fault finding
  • Carry out practical maintenance and fault finding exercises

Intended Audience

Current/competent HART personnel who have been nominated by their manager for this course and who will be called upon to conduct routine/minor maintenance on HART EDBA sets within their units.

Eligibility Criteria

Places on this course are only available to qualified and competent HART BA wearers.

Methods of Delivery

The course is delivered by an external Drager Technician utilizing both theoretical and practical sessions.

If you have any additional education needs which may impact on your learning please ensure the course lead is made aware prior to your attendance.  You can also contact

Dress Code

The dress code for the course is normal Trust uniform.  This must consist of a collared shirt or polo shirt as per the Mess rules below.

Please be advised that the dress for all guests in the mess is respectable and non-revealing.  Delegates are reminded that they are representing their Trust (and the Ambulance Service) whilst on a military establishment and must act accordingly.  The following items are not to be worn in the public rooms (Dining Room/Bar/TV Rooms) of the mess at any time:

  • T-shirts without collar
  • Sweatshirts/shirts without collar
  • Rugby/football tops
  • Ripped, torn or faded denim jeans
  • Skirts/dresses shorter than mid-thigh
  • Shorts, shell/track suits and clothing worn for sports and physical training
  • Trainers, flip-flops, sandals or slippers
  • Bomber/ski jackets, hoddie and body warmers including fleece jackets (cloakrooms are provided for outdoor coats)

Due to wearing respiratory protective equipment on the practical elements of the course, all delegates are required to be clean shaven.

Course Location

This course is held at:

The NARU Education Centre
Defence CBRN Centre
Thorneydown Road
Winterbourne Gunner
Wiltshire SP4 0ES

Photo identification is required for access to DCBRNC.  Please ensure you arrive with enough time to complete the security process, this may take an additional 15 minutes or up to 1 hour during busy periods.  May we suggest that you visit the site the day before (anytime as it is open 24hrs) to get your photo security pass and allow quicker entry on the morning of your course.


Accommodation is provided as part of the course at Winterbourne Gunner. You can check in from 1200hrs on the day before. No food is available until breakfast on day one of your course.

Please note some rooms do not have on-suite facilities. Winterbourne Gunner is a military site, we have no control over the accommodation.  Rooms are allocated on the day of arrival.

Please bring your own towel and toiletries.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided during the course, starting with breakfast on day one and finishing with lunch on the final day.

There is a café, cash bar and gym on site. Wi-Fi is available in the accommodation block, however, there is a charge, please speak with the Mess Manager for details.

Equipment Requirements

Delegates are required to bring a pen and notebook.

We no longer supply bottled water so students must bring a water bottle to refill from our water fountain.  


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