Canterbury’s Rural Fire Challenge

Conservation blog

In October I went along to watch Canterbury’s rural firefighters testing their skills and strengths in the Rural Firefighter Challenge, set against the stunning Castle Hill basin.

Organisers of the Rural Firefighter Challenge. Organisers of the Rural Firefighter Challenge

Fifteen, seven-strong, firefighting crews went head-to-head, and then stood shoulder-to-shoulder, to take part in the challenge over the three days.

There were competitive and demanding exercises each day. Navigation, first aid and fire suppression skills were tested in the morning. In the afternoon, a twist meant crews needed to work together to solve a series of high-energy tasks.

DOC’s Bruce Janes gives directions to the crew. DOC’s Bruce Janes gives directions to the crew

The event is aimed at preventing large-scale fires and ensuring multi-agency coordination in a large-scale emergency.

DOC is the country’s biggest rural fire authority and has been a major player in the organising and running of these events, with some very real heroes from within the Department going that extra mile to make the challenge…

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