Firefighter Challenge

Two firefighters in full kit dragging dummies
Are you ready for the toughest two minutes in sport?

COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) notice:
We have updated our protection measures according to the CPF, including the requirement for all attendees at UFBA events to produce a valid vaccine certificate. Additionally venue restrictions only allow competitors and officials to attend UFBA prizegiving's. Please read the Risk Management policy for full details.

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The Firefighter Challenge is like a Firefighter 'Iron Man' contest 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:

  1. Climbing a 6 storey tower carrying a length of 70mm 19kg flaked hose
  2. Hoisting a 70mm hose coil 6 storeys
  3. Chopping using a 4kg shot hammer to drive a beam 1.5 metres
  4. Extending a charged length of 45mm hose to knock down a disc
  5. 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. We encourage new competitors and you'll meet a competitive, but supportive and positive, family of firefighters from across the country at each event.

Are you tough enough? There's only one way to find out...

As a result of the Omicron COVID-19 variant now being in our communities and Governments CPF Red setting, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Challenges. 


  • South Firefighter Challenge
    Saturday 25 March 2023, Christchurch
  • North Island Firefighter Challenge
    Friday 14 - Saturday 15 April 2023, Auckland
  • National Firefighter Challenge
    Friday 5 - Saturday 6 May 2023, Wellington

Are you tough enough? 

For past results, please email 

2021 National Firefighter Challenge Results:

2021 North Island Firefighter Challenge Results:

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2021 South Island Firefighter Challenge Results:

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