Request a place HART Breathing Apparatus Instructor

Course Details

  • Course duration: Two week residential course
  • Course category: Command, Resilience, TCC1
  • 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.

There is no clinical assessment on this course.

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 and practical sessions from the training faculty.  Candidates are then given the opportunity to reinforce the theory in numerous realistic practical exercises.

If you have any special educational 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

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


Course Location

The HART BAI Course takes place at NARU, Winterbourne Gunner, SP4 0ES


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 Winterbourne Gunner, SP4 0ES.  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.

Reception opens at 0630 on Mondays for those wishing to arrive then.

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.

Free Wi-fi is available throughout the site.  The wi-fi code can be located at reception on check in.

Pre-read Downloads

Bring a copy of your certificate as proof of completion on the first day of the course.

Proclus documents to revise:

  • NARU Daily Test Assessment sheet
  • NARU Month Test Assessment sheet
  • Module 1 PowerPoints
  • Merlin Board Aide Memoir
  • NH SOP 4
  • Relevant BA Equipment Data Sheets

Other Documents

Equipment Requirements

Please ensure you bring with you all equipment listed on your NARU course confirmation sheet – Discuss with your Training Manager if unsure of requirements.

£1.00 coin for locker (returnable)

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

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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