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Source: United Fire Brigades’ Association

Each year 20,000 fires threaten precious homes, businesses, our natural environment, and lives across New Zealand. As we have seen with the recent large fires throughout the country, they all require lots of water and brave people to put it there!
Firefighting relies on timing, technical expertise, and teamwork to save lives and property. Volunteer firefighters are the backbone of our fire service, they respond to 85% of all vegetation fires and makeup 86% of Fire and Emergency’s frontline workforce.
Since 1885, United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA) Waterway Challenge has helped firefighters put their hose-running and pump-operating skills to the test in a fun, safe, and competitive environment. The track has 19 different setups covering rural and urban approaches to firefighting.
On Saturday 2 March, firefighters from around the South Island will show off their teamwork and firefighting skills that they use to protect property and lives, as they compete in teams against each other in the annual UFBA South Island Waterway Challenge.
Teams of firefighters will be coming from Rangiora, Lincoln, Alexandra, Wyndham, Westport, Lyttleton, Balclutha, Rolleston, Mataura, Greymouth, Akaroa, Methven, and Cromwell volunteer fire brigades.
Competitors have trained all year, some are highly experienced and we have some fresh faces ready to take on the challenge.
Bring the kids along to watch this competitive display of firefighting techniques.
Location: Tulloch Rugby Park, Mataura
Date/Time: Saturday 2 March 2024 from 0900hrs till 1500hrs (approx.) 
About the UFBA – for over 140 years the United Fire Brigades’ Association has been the leading association representing firefighters in New Zealand. Today our services support c.14,000 firefighters throughout the fire and emergency services sector by providing advocacy, skills-based challenges, workshops, and service honours.