Firefighter Combat Challenge
The UFBA NZ Firefighter Combat Challenge seeks to encourage Firefighter fitness and demonstrate the rigours of firefighting to the public.
Wearing full bunker gear and breathing from a BA set, each competitor simulates the physical demands of real life firefighting, as they race against each other and the clock, by performing a series of 5 tasks over a prescribed course. The tasks are:
- Climbing a 6 storey tower carrying a length of 70mm 19kg flaked hose
- Hoisting a 70mm hose coil 6 storeys
- Chopping using a 4Kg Shot Hammer to drive a beam 1.5metres
- Extending a charged length of 45 mm hose to knock down a disc
- Dragging a life sized dummy a distance of 30.5m
The latest version of the Firefighter Combat Challenge Rules (updated in July 2010) are available in the downloads section below.
Do you have a question about the Firefighter Combat Challenge for the Technical Panel? You can either post it in the forum, or email us.
Frequently Asked Questions
For safety reasons, the track will not be available for practice runs before the Challenge commences for individuals. We strongly recommend you register as part of a tandem team if you wish to have a practice run through.
For the Wellington event in 2013, it will be as per the Ashburton Challenge which was using any and all spares that were available at the time leading up to the event. Obviously, we wouldn’t like to promise you something that we couldn’t end up providing.
UFBA have managed to secure 32 x 300bar Composite Cylinders for the 2013 National Firefighter Combat Challenge.
The tower configuration will be the same as in Ashburton last year and as close as we can get it to the American tower. We try hard to keep everything the same.
The Technical Panel have had feedback about the type of gloves permitted to be used for the Combat Challenge.
On Page 8 of the rules:
h: PPE Specifics
iii Gloves - Level 1 gloves are ample for this event.
If you have specific gloves you are considering using for the event and you are unsure that they comply with the above rules, the Technical Panel will be able to advise you if you can provide proof of the standards of the gloves in question. You can send this to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Events Team will forward your query to them.
Please note however, that if you are intending to compete overseas you will need to have the correct structural fire fighting glove.
In 2013, there will only be one run per category. No re-runs or knock outs.
Here's how the tandem and relay events will run for 2013:
Your entry fee will entitle your team to two attempts at the Tandem Event. You can change positions on your second attempt. There is only one area in which you can change the baton, that is before you start the Keiser or on completion of the Keiser. The winners will be decided on the fastest time recorded over all the completed runs.
You can pay another entry fee which will entitle you to two further runs, if time allows.
We have decided that we will allow the Relay Event, to be run as the World Relay Event is conducted. That is, your opening round time will be recorded as part of the seeding process. The second round will commence with the following number of teams: 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32 teams with the fastest time competing against the slowest time. If there are more than the required teams for the second round, then the slowest of teams, will be eliminated.
The winners of each event will advance to the next round. Their completed times in the previous round will be the basis of the seeding for the next round.
The Event will continue until there are only two teams left and the winner will be the team that finishes first.
Modifications and alterations to any PPE is not permitted. As the rules state " ..... approved for internal structural fire-fighting consistent with the relevant safety standard .....".
Any modifications / alterations could compromise this standard.
Firefighter Combat Challenge Rules
The 2011 National Combat Challenge wil be held in Ashburton on Saturday 29 October.
Combat Challenge is back!