Request a place HART Initial EDBA Course – MOD 1

Course Details

  • Course duration: Two week residential course
  • Course category: Command, Resilience, TCC1
  • Start/finish time: Monday to Thursday = 0815hrs - 1730hrs
    Fridays = 0815hrs - 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 – MOD 1 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 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.

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.

All PPE will be provided, however, you must bring with you on day one:

  • Trust issued helmets
  • Fit tested FFP3 face masks x10
  • Personal shower kit
  • Towel (these are no longer provided during the course)
  • A change of underwear and socks.

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.

Course Location

The EDBA course takes place at:

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Training Centre
Sleaford Road

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Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Training Centre


Accommodation is provided as part of the course – please refer to your Joining Instruction email for details.

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 (Sunday).

Please bring your own towel and toiletries.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the course.


Pre-read Downloads

Equipment Requirements

Equipment and documentation requirements

Candidates must provide:

  • HART BA Clothing Kit list – This document will be emailed to you in the Joining Instructions.
  • Trust issued incident ground helmet (that you were Portacounted with)
  • FFP3 (correct size fit tested) x10

£1.00 coin for locker (returnable)

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



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