About the Combat Challenge
The Combat Challenge is like a Firefighter Iron Man 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:
- Climbing a 6 storey tower carrying a length of 70mm 19kg flaked hose
- Hoisting a 70mm hose coil 6 storeys
- Chopping using a 4kg shot hammer to drive a beam 1.5 metres
- Extending a charged length of 45mm hose to knock down a disc
- 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.
Are you tough enough? Give it a go and find out!
"Last year Palmerston North Fire Brigade entered a number of people. We all trained for months individually and as a group. This improved all of our fitness, the comaraderie within the group and the whole brigade with everyone getting behind our fundraising, support for training and making up a set of our own gear... Congratulations on organising a competition where volunteer and professional firefighters can come together."
Angela Weir, Qualified Firefighter Palmerston North
Current as of June 2017
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See the fastest times by category for 2014 and 2015