Firefighter Combat Challenge

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


  • South Island Firefighter Combat Challenge
    Saturday 19 March 2022, Christchurch Netball Centre, Hagley Park, Christchurch
  • North Island Firefighter Combat Challenge
    Friday 8 - Saturday 9 April 2022, Aotea Square, Auckland
  • National Firefighter Combat Challenge
    Friday 6 - Saturday 7 May 2022, Odlins Plaza, Wellington

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.

Are you tough enough? 

For past results, please email 

2021 National Firefighter Combat Challenge Results:

2021 North Island Firefighter Combat Challenge Results:

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2021 South Island Firefighter Combat Challenge Results:

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