Congratulations Hawera Brigade for winning the 2014 Australasian Rescue Challenge yesterday in Melbourne. And to Rolleston for coming 2nd – great effort New Zealand!
Four teams from New Zealand - Greytown, Hawera, Rolleston and Whitianga - competed at an international level with teams from as far a field as Hong Kong and Singapore. The UFBA funded the top three teams from
The Greytown Road Crash Rescue (RCR) team – in its 12 years of experience– has learned the hard lesson that if you want to win it all, the margin of error is slim. On national and Australasian stages, the team has been within arms reach of championship several times, but has never quite managed to grab the number one spot – until now.
Angela Munro, a long-time Firefighter Combat Challenge enthusiast from Auckland, has once again demonstrated amazing strength and athleticism to become the National Firefighter Combat Challenge Champion in the female category with a time of 3:26.40. Thirteen determined women – twice the number that competed last year – turned in inspiring efforts on the course. Despite complete exhaustion and a few long times, every woman pushed through the pain and crossed the line.
Southbridge firefighter Steven Maw has taken the National Firefighter Combat Challenge by storm, overtaking the favorites to become the National Champion for the first time in Wellington in late March. Going into the UFBA National Firefighter Combat Challenge, his official time was 1:56.05, recorded at the South Island event earlier this year. He didn’t just beat his personal best – he shattered it, finishing at a remarkable 1:46.43.
The Region 3 UFBA Road Crash Rescue Challenge took place in Leeston on Saturday, 12 October. Eight teams competed, including Silverdale, who made the trip to get more experience under their belt leading up to Nationals. Rolleston was the overall winner, followed by Rangiora and Geraldine. Geraldine's third place finish is particularly impressive given it was their first
The 2013/14 Road Crash Rescue Challenge season kicked off on Saturday, 5 October with the Region 4 in Oamaru. Seven teams competed in the Challenge, two of them travelling from outside the region to get extra practice under their belts in the lead up to the Nationals early next year.
Milton was the overall winner, followed by Ranfurly and Queenstown. View
Warren Maslin of Ashburton is the only known volunteer firefighter from New Zealand competing in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in November. He’ll be competing in the Individual Over 40 category, and also in the Tandem category with American Jimmy Roger.
The Picton Volunteer Fire Brigade hosted an NZFBI (New Zealand Fire Brigades’ Institute) field day in late July. The day was chock-full of new and interesting information for participants.
Download copies of the minutes from the 2009 Conference in Queenstown below.