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What is BA?

The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is an essential important piece of equipment to help firefighters work which provides the greatest amount of airway protection from toxic gas, unbreathable air and harmful particulates resulting from the fire.


The GFRS has three BA instructors who have undergone five weeks of rigorous theoretical and practical training in Moreton-in-the-Marsh. They have obtained three vital qualifications –

  • Breathing Apparatus Instructor;
  • Fire Behaviour Instructor;
  • Tactical Ventilation Instructor.
BA Training

BA is one of the four core subjects.  BA training is carried at different venues throughout Gibraltar to maintain competence levels by our three BA instructors.  All three instructors were qualified by the Fire Service College where they attended the Breathing Apparatus Instructor (BA) and the Fire Behaviour Training Instructor’s (FBTI) course.

BA Maintenance Course

What type of BA Facemask does the GFRS use?

The Dräger FPS® 7000 full-face mask series which thanks to its enhanced ergonomics offers a large, optimized field of vision and a very comfortable, secure fit. The GFRS has invested in several facemasks with a communication unit which provides the clear voice transmission, even under extreme emergency conditions.

What type of Back-plate does the GFRS use?

The GFRS uses the Dräger PSS 5000 SCBA back-plate. It is a high-performance breathing apparatus for the professional firefighter. It combines advanced ergonomics with a wide range of configurable options, providing the user with the comfort, stable and versatility to meet the harsh demands whenever BA is required.

What type of cylinder does the GFRS use?

Dräger PW 300 compressed air cylinder is 5.50kg and has a volume of 9 litres.

Dräger Bodyguard 1000

The Dräger Bodyguard 1000 is designed to protect life by alerting the team when a wearer is distressed or down. At 90 decibels it emits a clear and distinctive alarm even in the worst environmental conditions.

Dräger Escape Hoods Parat 5520

The Escape Hoods are exceptionally intuitive and easy to use as it requires no additional equipment. When opening the packaging, the filter plug is automatically released from the filter. The filter is then deployed into operational position and the hood can be immediately donned. This is given to those needing to leave an area where there is toxic fire-related gases, vapours and particles.