Drivers Challenge

Fire engine at a drivers challenge event
Speed, weave, precision-control and lighting reactions - test your driving skills in a safe and supportive environment.
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The Drivers Challenge is a fantastic annual event to test your drivers skills, while enjoying healthy competition and meeting other brigades members.

Proving yourself behind the wheel begins with a theory test followed by 11 individual exercises, in which drivers are judged on overall ability, efficiency, aptitude and smoothness of operation of fire appliances.

The exercises are designed to align with the Fire and Emergency skills manual and include bay and parallel parking, straight-line driving, lane changes, braking, estimating clearance, and negotiating serpentine and shrinking chicanes. 

If your Emergency Response Driver (ERD) certificate is about to expire, the pre-drive has been approved by Fire and Emergency to count as re-validation for brigade drivers.


  • National Drivers Challenge
    Friday 26 - Saturday 27 August 2022, Manfeild, Feilding


  • National Drivers Challenge 
    Friday 20 - Saturday 21 August 2021, Manfeild

Registrations have exceeded our expectations! 
Registrations - FULL                 Waitlist - FULL 

Remember to register early to avoid disappointment 

Covid-19 disclaimer. Under current NZ Level One we will be progressing with planning an in-person event. Due to the evolving nature of the global pandemic we can only anticipate changes so far in advance. Should any changes be necessary these will be made with the best information available at the time of decision making and with a mind to manage UFBA funds responsibly.

Test your driving skills in a fun and competitive environment.


For past results, please email 

For a copy of the rules please see below: