Breathing Apparatus Initial


The Breathing Apparatus Training course provide those individuals who have just been appointed to their emergency teams the opportunity to wear breathing apparatus in hazardous conditions such as toxic atmospheres and dealing with large fires.


5 days

Learning objectives (dependent on the course)

  • Identify when to adopt breathing apparatus
  • Demonstrate the importance of effective team work
  • Understand the physical restraints of breathing apparatus
  • Demonstrate skills when working in heat and smoke


Students should be physically fit and not suffer from any medical conditions (this course can be strenuous). No pre-course notes are required as literature is distributed during the course. All training is conducted in accordance with current Fire Service OGBA (Operational Guidance Breathing Apparatus). The course would suit individuals who have had no previous experience when dealing with breathing apparatus.

Programme (dependent on the course)

  • Physiology of respiration (theory presentation)
  • Breathing apparatus set description
  • Breathing apparatus cylinders/durations
  • Breathing apparatus general checks
  • Donning and start-up procedures
  • Doffing procedures
  • The importance of record keeping
  • OGBA (Operational Guidance Breathing Apparatus)
  • Wearer distress (theory presentation)
  • Entrapped procedures
  • Walk/run/climb exercise (practical exercise)
  • Breathing practical exercise in restricted vision
  • Control procedures
  • Working in heat and smoke

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You can also find out more or secure your place on a course by emailing¬†[email protected]¬†or calling (0191) 214 3337.