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From Saturday to Monday, 140 cars including 60 late models donated by Holden, will be dropped from three stories, rolled, and crushed – all so that 24 international rescue crews can hone their vehicle extrication skills during the World and Australasian Road Rescue Challenges being held in Upper Hutt from 14 to 17 July.
The Australasian and World Road Rescue Challenges - originally scheduled to take place in Christchurch - will now be hosted in Wellington from 14 to 17 July 2011.
After discussions between the UFBA Board and Technical Panel, and the Carterton host committee, the UFBA has announced that the 2011 National Waterway Challenge, which was postponed due to the Christchurch Earthquake, has been rescheduled to 3rd to 5th November in Carterton.
Already the New Zealand Fire Service Commission and many brigades and individuals around the country have generously rallied around the UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal. Now the UFBA is turning its sights toward the global fire and rescue community while continuing to promote within New Zealand.
The UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal, which was set up directly after the 4th September Canterbury Earthquake, is making another push to raise funds to support firefighters and their families who have been affected by the latest Christchurch Earthquake.
In support of the Canterbury relief efforts, the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA) Board has opted to cancel the National Waterway Challenge, which was scheduled to be held in Carterton this weekend.
President of the UFBA, CFO Ian Lindsay says he regrets the cancellation of the 2011 National Waterway Challenge, but circumstances arising from the National State of Emergency generated in Christchurch left little alternative.
Volunteer firefighter, Paul Dennehy, will be taking part in the Moro Marathon Recreational Walk in his Level 2 fire suit on 12 September in Dunedin in support of young Cerebral Palsy sufferer Daryl-Ann Fehsenfeld.
In the wake of the Christchurch earthquake, crews of firefighters in the area have been working nonstop to deal with the massive workload, with calls still flooding in.