The aim of the course is to provide newly-recruited HART Paramedics with the skills required to safely and competently operate in Extended Duration Breathing Apparatus in a variety of environments. Spread over two consecutive weeks; with a blend of theory and practical training; the course will ensure that all students are taught to a national standard that is in-line with HART SOPs, and with reference to current Fire Service national operational guidance where applicable.
To ensure that students attain the highest-possible levels of knowledge and understanding of all equipment and procedures; this is a largely practical course, with intensive theory sessions interspersed throughout.
The Instructors are drawn from NARU, HART and Fire and Rescue Services to ensure students receive the best-quality training and experience that is relevant to the unique environments Ambulance HART staff are required to work in.
Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course trainees will have covered the following elements:
- TIS NH 04-01 Wearing BA
- TIS NH 04-02 Physiological Impact Awareness
- TIS NH 04-03 Use of Guidelines
- TIS NH 04-04 BA Entry Control
- TIS NH 04-05 BA Set and Ancillary Equipment
- TIS NH 04-06 Emergency Procedures
- TIS NH 04-07 Fire Behaviour
- TIS NH 04-08 Deployment Considerations
- TIS NH 04-09 Wearing Gas Tight Suits
- TIS NH 04-10 Specific incident types
The HART Initial EDBA course is the first stage of the NARU HART Operatives course.
Places on this course are only available to new HART recruits who have already met both the Physical Competency Assessment and Occupational Health requirements established for new HART recruits. To be eligible for this course you must be recruited to a HART unit and have secured your HART Operations Manager’s authorisation to attend. For further information on HART eligibility criteria please click on this link. hart_eligibility_criteria_v_5_jan_11
To reserve places on this course your HART Operations Manager should request these via the National Operations Managers’ Group.
Candidates will be expected to undergo intensive practical assessments of their competence 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 are aware of the physical and mental challenges this course involves. Therefore it is essential delegates are physically and mentally fit and injury-free to partake.
The minimum fitness requirements are those demonstrated in the physical competency assessments (PCA) conducted during the selection process.
It is imperative that all candidates have had a quantitive fit-tested (Portacounted face mask) whilst wearing a flash hood and helmet prior to arrival at the course. Candidates must be able to provide an in-date fit-test certificate on-request by the course instructors.
HART Operations or Training Managers must ensure that the NARU Education Centre are informed of the BA facemask specification requirements of each candidate they are sending on the course – no later than 5 working days prior to the start of the course.
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.
If candidate have access to Proclus it may be advantageous to review the current HART BA SOP’s and TIS’s.
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 on day one as well as your trust issued helmets.
Due to wearing respiratory protective equipment on the practical elements of the course, all delegates are required to be clean shaven at the start of every day.
As per NARU Education Course attendance policy the following must be adhered to:
- Jewellery – is not allowed under any circumstances by candidates undertaking training.
- Rings, including wedding rings must either be removed or covered with tape.
- All body piercings must also be removed. Flesh tunnels must be blanked or covered with tape.
- In order to promote a professional image, candidates must ensure that they keep their hair clean and tidy. Long hair must be tied up.
- Hair extensions that are secured by metal clips must also be removed.
- Makeup – As per the manufacturers guidance and RPE regulations, the wearing of makeup is not permitted due to the risk it poses to not only your face fit seal but the face mask material itself.
The EDBA course takes place at:
The Fire Service College
Accommodation is provided as part of the course at the Fire Service College.
Please refer to the FSC COVID 19 flow chart contained at the back of the provided policy. This will explain the arrival procedure.
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.
Please bring your own towel and toiletries.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the course.
There will be no leisure facilities including café, cash bar, and gym facilities onsite.
Free WiFi is available throughout the site. The WiFi code will be given to you on arrival.
Equipment and documentation requirements
Candidates must provide:
- HART BA Clothing Kit list – This document will be emailed to you in the Joining Instructions.
- All delegates must read the attached Fire Service College (FSC) risk assessments and sign the Fire Service College COVID-19 Delegate Declaration Form. This document will be emailed to you in the Joining Instructions – please refer to Page 6. Failure to return this prior to attending the course will result in your admission to the FSC being refused and subsequent attendance on the course.
- Long sleeved cotton top and bottoms to wear under their ground kit. Cotton coveralls are available if required, however, sizes are limited.
- FFP3 (correct size fit tested) x3
- Standard eye protection
- Hand sanitizer gel
£1.00 coin for locker (returnable)
Water bottles will be provided to refill from our water fountain.