Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 8

Unit 8 - Breathing Apparatus, Equipment and Procedures

Unit abstract

Breathing apparatus is an essential piece of equipment for those working within the Fire and Rescue Service.

Personnel must be able to identify different types of breathing apparatus equipment and know when to use it and how to use it safely. Teamwork and effective communication is critical to ensure the safety of all those using breathing apparatus and ancillary equipment.

This unit focuses on different types of breathing apparatus, how it is used and when it is used. Learners will develop their understanding of breathing apparatus procedures and the techniques that must be implemented when using such equipment. Learners will experience a variety of scenarios where breathing apparatus equipment may be used and they will understand the importance of ensuring the Health and Safety of themselves and their crew at all times. A variety of search and rescue techniques will be explored culminating in learners having the ability to use their skills in a range of different circumstances.

Teamwork, effective communication and the development of personal skills will be an important element of this unit.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Be able to identify breathing apparatus and ancillary equipment
  • Understand and demonstrate breathing apparatus procedures
  • Understand and demonstrate breathing apparatus search and rescue techniques

1 Be able to identify breathing apparatus and ancillary equipment

Breathing Apparatus & ancillary equipment: risks and safety features involved when working with breathing apparatus; breathing apparatus set cylinder, entry control and communications boards, guidelines, torch, personal line, automatic distress signal unit etc

2 Understand & demonstrate breathing apparatus search and rescue procedures

Breathing apparatus search procedures: identification and selection of breathing apparatus set; acceptance test; fitting and adjustment of breathing apparatus set; wearing a breathing apparatus set; removing a breathing apparatus set; personal line procedures; guideline procedures; entry control officer procedures

3 Understand & demonstrate breathing apparatus search and rescue technique

Standard operating techniques: search and rescue techniques when working within a compartment and in open spaces; working off a guideline; main risks and safety control measures required when working in breathing apparatus; left or right hand lay procedures; working in different sized teams

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1Identify and describe the use of breathing apparatus in Fire and Rescue Service
P2Describe the main risks and safety features when working with breathing apparatus
P3Identify and describe the operation and use of breathing apparatus and ancillary equipment
P4Demonstrate the skills needed to be part of a search and rescue team
P5Identify the main risks and control procedures when working in a search and rescue team

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars e.g. FSC1/89 - Breathing Apparatus and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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