NBAC are extremely grateful for the support and sponsorship of Drager UK.

NBAC tee shirts provided by Armadillo.

Welcome to the National Breathing Apparatus Challenge

Promoting best practice in Breathing Apparatus, the competition is open to all of the UK Fire and Rescue Services.  Finals are held every year at the Fire Service College.

Assessment is carried out using skilled staff from different Fire and Rescue Services from around the UK. From Command and Control to Lead Breathing Apparatus and Fire Behaviour Instructors.

Teams enter from the wide range of roles across the UK Fire Service. We look forward to another great year for NBAC.


2017 Challenge

This year's event will see teams of 5 firefighters from throughout the UK competing for the best BA Team of 2017. Each team will be faced with a scenario of a property fire with persons reported inside, with teams being given 30 minutes to extinguish the fire and rescue any casualties.

The event, which is sponsored by Draeger UK and the Fire Fighter Charity, promotes best practice and firefighter safety in the following categories:

  • Incident Command
  • Fire Ground Procedures
  • Entry Control
  • BA Wearing

All teams will be assessed by National Assessors who specialise in their fields across the UK Fire and Rescue Service. The winners of the challenge will have shown their technical and practical skills and dexterity, as well as knowledge and experience.

For further details contact

2017 Information & Forms

This following documents are available for this year's competition:

  • National BA Challenge Guidance 2017
  • Team Registration
  • Challenge Structure

The competition will be held on the 7th October at the Fire Service College.



2015 Event

More photos available on our Flickr portal here.

Previous Events


  • "I would like to commend you and your team on a well run, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable experience at this excellent competition.  My team and I learnt a great deal from the feedback we received."

    Crew Commander Iain Evans, West Midlands Fire Service

    "The National BA Challenge is an excellent, well run event that not only provides a chance to compete against fellow Firefighters, but also promotes best operational practice and Firefighter safety.  Hertfordshire FRS have really enjoyed the last 3 years of competing and were delighted to become National Champions in 2014"

    Station Commander Frank Gollogly, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue
  • "Having been part of a team that reached the National BA Competition at Moreton I can only bare witness to a very professional and well organised competition that promotes best practice amongst crews.  It provides crews with the arena to demonstrate their BA skills and fore ground knowledge against other Brigades from all over the country.  The environment is controlled and the scenarios realistic."

    Crew Commander Paul Heath, West Midland Fire Service

    With the reduced number of fire shouts, there's a natural skills fade. The BA competition gave us a real focal point - a sense of purpose - and helped us attain an extremely high level of operational readiness. This can only be a good thing for both fire fighters and the communities we protect.

    If we are able to enter a team this year, I wouldn't hesitate to put my name in the hat.

    Andy McKelvie, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue

NBAC are extremely grateful for the support and sponsorship of Drager UK, Terberg  and the Fire Fighters Charity.


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2017 Competition Entry Form

All details and the entry form for this year's events can be found on the link below:

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