About the Combat Challenge
The Combat Challenge is like a Firefighter Iron Man and is the most physically demanding of our Challenges - so crossing the finishing line is all the more rewarding! It's earned the reputation of being 'the toughest two minutes in sport'.
Wearing full bunker gear and breathing from a BA set, competitors race against each other and the clock in a series of tasks across the course. The five 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 1.5 metres
Extending a charged length of 45mm hose to knock down a disc
Dragging a life sized dummy a distance of 30.5m
The competition is a great test of skill and fitness and simulates the physical demands of real life firefighting to the public.
Are you tough enough?
"Last year Palmerston North Fire Brigade entered a number of people. We all trained for months individually and as a group. This improved all of our fitness, the comaraderie within the group and the whole brigade with everyone getting behind our fundraising, support for training and making up a set of our own gear... Congratulations on organising a competition where volunteer and professional firefighters can come together."
Angela Weir, Qualified Firefighter Palmerston North
Frequently Asked Questions
Q » Are we able to have two males and two females in a team?
Q » Will there be a chance to walk through the course beforehand?
For safety reasons, the track will not be available for practice runs before the Challenge commences for individuals. However, if you register as part of a tandem team you can have a practice run.
Q » What cylinders will be used?
For the Wellington event in 2013, it was as per the Ashburton Challenge which was using any and all spares that were available at the time leading up to the event.
Q » Will we be using an American style tower configuration?
The tower configuration will be the same as in Wellington 2013 and as close as we can get it to the American tower. We try hard to keep everything the same.
Q » What gloves do I require?
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. Email email@example.com and they will forward your query on.
Please note however, that if you are intending to compete overseas you will need to have the correct structural firefighting glove.
Firefighter Combat Challenge Rules
Current as of June 2017
Combat Challenge - NZ Fastest Times
See the fastest times by category for 2014 and 2015
NZ Firefighter Combat Challenge Rules - August 2018 notes
Update to Firefighter Combat rules
UFBA Equipment Request Form
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