Course Summary

Trainees will learn how to correctly operate various Self Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment. There is a high amount of practical training conducted in this course so you have the knowledge and skills to safely operate this equipment, including the required skills to safely inspect, maintain and operate SCBA. This course has a strong emphasis on emergency procedures and safety. Regular breathing Apparatus Refresher Training Courses are recommended under Australian Standard 1715-2009.

We specialise in tailoring training scenarios to your workplace needs. Practical exercises will be tailored to your specific workplace and may include a selection of the following: Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Chemical Splash Suits, Fully Encapsulated Suits, Confined Space Rescue & Decontamination etc.

Our Training is conducted by experienced emergency services personnel, who have the knowledge and experience to walk you through the requirements to operate Breathing Apparatus equipment correctly and safely.

Course Content
  • Determine what hazards may exist within various atmospheres
  • How to risk assess the best work methods from the hierarchy of hazard controls
  • Inspection of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment
  • Testing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment
  • How to use Self Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment
  • Rescuing a person from a hazardous atmosphere whilst wearing SCBA
Topics Include:
  • Hazardous environments that require breathing protection
  • Relevant Australian Standards and Regulations explained
  • The Human respiratory system
  • Types of Breathing Apparatus
  • Communication Procedures
  • Risk Assessments and hierarchy of Hazard Control
  • Breathing Apparatus components
  • Calculating working duration & Emergency escape times
  • Using Breathing Apparatus Control Tally Boards
  • Breathing Apparatus Safety & Entrapment Procedures
  • Search & Rescue
  • Cleaning, Maintenance & Testing Procedures
Assessment Methods:
  • Multiple choice & written questions
  • Practical demonstrations/skills observations
  • A4 Certificate
  • Wallet Card (upon request)
  • All training resources

1 Day for introductory training course (Normally included in Confined Space Entry 3 Day Training Course)

  • Upon successful completion a Certificate and Wallet Card (upon request) will be issued for MSMWHS216 – Operate Breathing Apparatus

*Please note that ERT Fire & Rescue supplies all equipment necessary for you to undertake your training. ERT Fire & Rescue always recommend and encourage you to bring along your own equipment. Trainee’s must wear appropriate clothing that will get dirty and enclosed footwear is essential.

ERT Fire & Rescue can provide tailored on-site workplace training. Please contact our office on 0267 434 067 for a quote.

Training is conducted in partnership and under the auspices of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

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