Funding approved for Firefighter Combat Challenge

  Posted on 21st January 2015 by KirstenEvents in Event News, UFBA News

Funding approved for Firefighter Combat Challenge

For a number of years now, the UFBA have been working with NZFS with the aim to have Firefighter Combat Challenge funded to the same level as all the other UFBA events. Events Manager Ceara Owen-Perry received confirmation from the UFBA Board on 8 December this year that the New Zealand Fire Service had approved budgets that would allow for Firefighter Combat Challenge to be funded for competitors.

Working through logistics
The UFBA has been holding off opening registration for these events until they could confirm the successful application of funding.  Registrations for North and South Island was due to open in mid January but will be delayed slightly until 1 February, while the UFBA Events Team work through the logistics of registration and securing suppliers of accommodation and travel. “There are still some of the normal constraints around funding, so we have to think through the process carefully to ensure that all competitors are funded in a fair and equitable manner without blowing the budget.”  Ceara cautions.  However, knowing that the Fire Service is supporting the events programme and has recognised that all UFBA events are of equal value, is great news for all of the UFBA’s members.

Rapid rate of growth
The Firefighter Combat Challenge has been our fastest growing Challenge in the last three years, with record numbers competing last season.  “The Events Team and Technical Panel have been hard at work, ensuring that this is a quality event and we hope that the funding will encourage more competitors this year. This will not only be good for the Challenge but also for the health and well-being of our member brigades” Ceara Owen-Perry concludes.
 

Registration information for both Regional and National Combat Challenges will be released in the next week or so once the final details have been confirmed. Regional Combat Challenge registration will open HERE on 1 February.

5 Comments

TimHampton
21 Jan 15

Hi,
Do we know yet if you need to go to the regional comp to be able to enter the Nationals,
Thanks Tim

KirstenEvents
21 Jan 15

Hi Tim, the Registration Pack will answer your question but in short, this year due to funding reasons and numbers, you must attend a Regional if you wish to attend Nationals. We’re expecting big numbers so if they end up having to be capped at the National level, we will be using the Island Challenges as qualifiers.

Robin
04 Feb 15

Hi,
since this is my first time, do I have to attend a workshop prior to the event, like previous years ?

KirstenEvents
04 Feb 15

Hi Robin, great question! The Workshops provided in previous years served as a type of learning symposium that we are obliged to provide. This year, the learning symposium will be provided in a different forum and will be held at a couple of different times (to be confirmed) that will take place on the Saturday of the Challenge. We also strongly recommend that you be in reasonably good fitness and health prior to the Challenge.

Robin
04 Feb 15

Hi Kristen,
Thanks for that.
The health and fitness is a bit of a worry… only kidding, health is good, only the fitness to improve.

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