Request a place HART Breathing Apparatus Instructor

Course Details

  • Course duration: Two week residential course
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Start/finish time: Start/finish time: Start time: 08:30hrs
    Finish time for final day: 17:30hrs (approximately)

The use of breathing apparatus is a safety critical operation and HART staff undergo regular training in order to maintain their confidence and competency.  In order to maintain national consistency, the Breathing Apparatus Instructor course is delivered by NARU and the Fire Service College. Candidates will return to their local HART units and share best practice, support training and contribute to national development.

Course overview

This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained from breathing apparatus training and operations. As well as intensive theory sessions it also contains a high proportion of practical development exercises to ensure that BA Instructors are fully conversant with all equipment and procedures.

The instructors are drawn from the NARU, HART and fire services to ensure a high degree of technical excellence and application of skills for the unique ambulance HART environment.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for NHS Ambulance Service paramedics who have the necessary qualifications and skills and operate as part of a Hazardous Area Response Team.

We recommend that candidates have considerable experience as a HART paramedics and of BA operations and that they have already gained a recognised training qualification.

Candidates MUST have attended a BA refresher within twelve months of the course.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will be selected by their HART training manager.

Candidates will be expected to undergo practical assessments of their competency whilst wearing PPE. It is therefore incumbent on the candidate to ensure they have a fitness level commensurate with the demands of the course. It is imperative that staff attending are aware of the physical challenges this course involves.  Therefore it is essential delegates are physically fit and injury free to partake.  Delegates are to ensure they are in date for their PCA.


Methods of Delivery

The course content is delivered using a variety of theoretical sessions from the training faculty.  Candidates are then given the opportunity to reinforce the theory in numerous realistic practical exercises.

Dress Code

Normal Trust uniform with collars must be worn during classroom sessions and at mealtimes, i.e., Ironed work shirt and clean boots.  The dress code for the evenings is smart/casual, for example shirts with collars and clean footwear.

All PPE will be provided, however long and short sleeved cotton tops and bottoms are required.

Course Location

The HART BAI course takes place at:

The Fire Service College
GL56 0RH

View map and directions here


Accommodation is provided as part of the course at the Fire Service College.

Accommodation for the preceding night is available but please note this is on a bed and breakfast basis. No evening meal is supplied on the preceding night.  Delegates are report to reception on arrival for allocation of rooms and welcome pack.

Please note reception will only be open until 2300hrs on Sunday of arrival, after this time please speak with main gate security.

Please bring your own towel and toiletries.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the course.

There is a café, cash bar and cashpoint facilities onsite.

Gym facilities are available on site as well as a swimming pool – no cost.

Pre-read Downloads

Please complete the JESIP E-Learning module which is a mandatory pre course requirement. Bring a copy of your certificate as proof of completion on the first day of the course.

Other documents to revise

Students are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with version 1 of the BA SOP’s not the newer edition.  Please log on using your Proclus sign in via the link below.

On day 1 of the BAI course you will undertake a written exam which is Pass/Fail. This will be based on HART BA SOP’s and BA competencies.  The pass mark is 70% including multi choice and descriptive answers.


FSC – E-learning Site

Once students are registered on this course, the FSC will email you a link to the HART BAI E-learning site that must be completed prior to attendance on day 1.  This will help prepare you for your course.

Equipment Requirements

Candidates must provide suitable long sleeve cotton clothing to wear under their ground kit.

£1.00 coin for locker (returnable)

Water bottles will be provided to refill from the FSC water fountain.

The Fire Service College is a large venue and some students choose to bring a bicycle to facilitate their movement around site.

Day 1 – Delegates MUST attend with an in date Portacount Certificate for their chosen BA mask.  Failure to comply with this will result in delegates being returned to Trust immediately.  This is due to there being no facility at the Fire Service College to Portacount.

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