Request a place HART Initial EDBA Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: Two week residential course
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Start/finish time: Monday to Thursday = 0830hrs - 1730hrs
    Fridays = 0830hrs - 1230hrs approximately

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.

Course overview

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


Intended Audience

The HART Initial EDBA course is the first stage of the NARU HART Operatives course.

Eligibility Criteria

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 attending are aware of the physical challenges this course involves.  Therefore it is essential delegates are physically 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) 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.

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.

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

Course Location

The EDBA 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.  Reception opens at 0630hrs 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 WiFi is available throughout the site.  The WiFi code can be located at reception.

Equipment Requirements

Candidates must provide suitable cotton clothing to wear under their ground kit. It is recommended that you bring a second pair of boots to be worn during training thus keeping a pair clean for classroom wear.  Cotton coveralls are available if required, however, sizes are limited.

£1.00 coin for locker (returnable)

Water bottles will be provided to refill from our water fountain.  

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


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