Carterton Volunteer Fire Brigade hosted a very successful UFBA Region 2 Waterway Challenge on 21 January.
Seven 2-person teams and four 4-person teams competed during this very fast paced and enjoyable day. It was the first time this particular track had been used for a Challenge—providing a great opportunity to test it out as it will be the location for the Australasian Firefighter Championships from 16-18 November.
One of Feilding’s 2-person teams took first place with 82 points, followed by Wainuiomata (70 points) and Havelock North (64 points).
The home team, Carterton, took first place in the 4-person team event with 104 points, followed by Havelock North (82 points) and Feilding (70 points).
All teams showed great sportsmanship and camaraderie. Ruakaka Volunteer Fire Brigade travelled 12 hours to take the opportunity to train for the upcoming Nationals, and even though they were not eligible for points or placing, their sideline encouragement of the other teams was outstanding.
Ces Pacey, Acting UFBA Technical Panel Convenor that day, says the event was run very well and his thanks go to the Carterton Volunteer Fire Brigade for their efforts. Watching the competition, he thinks some teams would benefit greatly from reading the general conditions as there are some big penalties in there that are easily avoidable.
The Technical Panel are here to assist you in becoming confident in these rules and welcome discussion about them at any time. They are looking forward to seeing these teams at their optimum at Nationals and wish them all the best.
Results are available for download below.
Above: Havelock North in action © 111Emergency 2017
For more photos visit www.111emergency.co.nz/N-R/Regn2Waterways17.htm