Wear and Operate a Breathing Apparatus in General Emergencies

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to be able to competently wear and operate breathing apparatus primarily for rescue and limited fire attack in toxic atmospheres.


A Wear and Operate a Breathing Apparatus in General Emergencies certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 3272 L3 C3 V4

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Functions and requirements of SCBA.
  • Set construction and testing.
  • Safe practices.
  • Search procedures and entry control.
  • Casualty handing.
  • Introductory wear, chamber familiarisation.
  • Wearing exercise in darkness.
  • Light cold smoke exercise/ECO use.
  • Commissioning and decommissioning a SCBA.
  • Medium cold smoke wear/ECO/rescue.
  • Thick cold smoke wear/gas leak/ECO.
  • Hot wear/rescue/ECO.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of BA and its effects on the physiology of the human body.
  • Wear a BA in actual/practical simulated conditions.
  • Manage a BA for safe use and survivability.
  • Shut down and recommission a BA.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Course prerequisites

Participants are required to sign a declaration that they are in good health (have no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would affect their ability to succeed in this training) OR provide a current (less than 6 months old) medical certificate. Wood Training reserve the right to stop training for health and safety purposes, e.g. failure to secure a facial seal.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when the student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The assessment will involve the preparation and use of SCBA.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to Bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for wearing under Fire
  • Fighting attire.
  • Socks.
  • Covered-in footwear.
  • Water bottle.
  • Change of clothes and towel for available shower.


Refer to prerequisites

Research shows that you are more susceptible to heat distress disorders if you consume alcohol within 24 hours of training with live fire. We recommend you do not consume alcohol 24 hours before training nor over the days of training”

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Course Length

2 Days


Emergency Response Training Centre, Bell Block


$765 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.


Well informed course, very helpful.

Warner Construction

Really enjoyed the course, thought is was extremely well run, great use of written,  verbal and practical experiences.

Todd Energy

Thought I was going to hate the practical part .... and I didn't!


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