Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Firefighters face their “toughest two minutes” in Wellington

13 March 2013

Firefighters face their “toughest two minutes” in Wellington next weekend

The “toughest two minutes in sport” – the National Firefighter Combat Challenge – is coming to Wellington’s Waterfront on Friday and Saturday, 21 and 22 March, drawing 150 firefighters from throughout New Zealand, who will race against each other and the clock to prove they are tough enough to take on one of the most physically and mentally grueling event in sport.

This will be the second year that Wellington has been chosen as the host city for this exciting and crowd-pleasing Challenge – organised by the United Fire Brigades’ Association for its members. The event is designed to encourage firefighter fitness and safety while demonstrating the rigours of the job to the public. Competitors wear full bunker gear and breathing apparatus as they take on a series of tasks that simulate the demands of real-life firefighting. The Challenge is a US import that was introduced in New Zealand in 2007, and has become more and more popular among men and women of all ages serving in both volunteer and career brigades.

Alongside the main event, a Kids Combat Challenge will be running for aspiring firefighters from ages 3 to 10, and the New Zealand Fire Service will be on site promoting fire safety messages. atmosphere to add to the experience for spectators.

“The Firefighter Combat Challenge creates a great atmosphere and an interesting spectacle for the public,” says George Verry, Chief Executive Officer. “It is a great day out for the family. This year will be particularly exciting with several of our competitors running the course under two minutes.”

“This event tends to draw a crowd – which also presents us with a great opportunity to remind the community about volunteerism and the huge role firefighters have in protecting every community in New Zealand.”

The National Firefighter Combat Challenge is free to the public, and people of all ages are encouraged to stop by Odlins Plaza at the Cable Street entrance of the Waterfront to watch the action. The competitors will be running on the course from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, 21 March and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 22 March.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: No Pretence. No Bullshit. Fine Poem.

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states,

I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all
My time working on the next.
(from Wasp p.67) More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays On Place From Aotearoa NZ

The New Zealand landscape undoubtedly is very beautiful, but so is the British one, and my attachment to this country is much more about some particular places, and the memories and emotions that in them combine, than it is about the landscape as a whole. More>>

Canonisation Fodder: Suzanne Aubert Declared ‘Venerable’

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. More>>

“I Have Not Performed Well Enough”: Ernie Merrick Leaving Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The club would like to thank Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. More>>

Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Leonard Cohen

If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s period, pre-disco and pre-punk. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Pick And Camera

Through the eyes of a miner – the photography of Joseph Divis: The occupations of miner and photographer are seldom combined. The conjunction must have been very rare indeed in the era before hand-held cameras, high-speed film and flashlights More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news