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 be able to:

  • Understand the level of protection afforded by HART incident ground kit
    • Correctly identify parts of the BA set and its purpose (set familiarisation)
    • Demonstrate understanding of legislation and H&S with regards to BA
    • Identify operational uses, limitations and advantages of the EDBA system and BA board (IRU/7)
    • Demonstrate the ability to carry out daily checks (BA01A, BA01, IRU/7)
    • Demonstrate the ability to carry out a monthly inspection (BA02)
    • Highlight the risks associated when wearing BA (BA08)
    • Correctly identify and demonstrate duties of a HART BA wearer (BA12)
    • Correctly identify and demonstrate duties of a HART BA Team Leader (BA14)
    • Correctly identify duties of a HART TL at a BA incident (BA13)
    • Demonstrate the correct way to safely wear and operate a BA set and ancillary equipment (BA06)
    • Understand the effects of physiological stress when wearing BA
    • Demonstrate BA pre-entry checks (BA03)
    • Demonstrate BA re-entry procedures and when they would be implemented
    • Identify and demonstrate the duties and responsibilities of a HART BAECO (BA15)
    • Demonstrate effective use of the Merlin Entry Control Board (IRU/7)
    • Demonstrate effective BA command and control at a BA incident (BA16)
    • Demonstrate effective communications between BA teams/members and BAECO (BA16)
    • Demonstrate the ability to carry out correct gauge reading and effective air management using turn round pressure (TRP) and got/use/need (GUN) (BA04)
    • Demonstrate safe movement of travel in varying conditions whilst wearing BA
    • Demonstrate the ability to negotiate areas of restricted access and partial set removal
    • Demonstrate the ability to negotiate areas of entanglement
    • Demonstrate appropriate personal protection, teamwork and communications.
    • Demonstrate the correct procedures to locate and rescue in smoke and darkness, including safe door and stair procedures.
    • Confirm knowledge and awareness of basic fire behaviour. Flashover & Backdraught.
    • Demonstrate the ability to work as a multi agency team (HART & FRS)
    • Demonstrate the appropriate methods of casualty handling when wearing BA
    • Demonstrate the use of BA guide lines
    • State the occurrences that would instigate a BA emergency
    • Demonstrate how a wearer deals with a BA emergency
    • Outline care and use of GTCPS (BA17, IRU/8)
    • Demonstrate safe and effective procedures in GTCPS (IRU/8)
    • Perform an extended wear in GTCPS (IRU/8)
    • Perform extended skills in GTCPS (IRU/8)
    • Demonstrate use of supplemental air in GTS
    • Demonstrate all emergency drills in GTCPS (IRU/8)
    • Demonstrate correct gauge readings in GTS
    • Demonstrate correct dress and undress procedures in relation to GTS and Decon (IRU/8)
    • Discuss real time decon through an MD4 structure (IRU/8)
    • Demonstrate correct cleaning and stowage of BA equipment (BA07)
    • Demonstrate cylinder inspection, recharging and relevant log-keeping
    • State the HART procedure for reporting a set failure/ ECB and what is reported under RIDDOR with regards to wearing BA (IRU/7)

Intended Audience

The IRU course is only available to new HART recruits.

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.

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.

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.

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.

£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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