Firefighters’ challenge will return

FIT FOR FIRES: Close to 40 firefighters and crossfit enthusiasts took part in the first Gisborne Firefighters Combat Challenge at the Marina on Saturday. Matawai firefighter Ben Malone grimaces as he tackles the stairs. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
Rural and urban volunteer, Karen Brown (18) deploys a hose in the Gisborne Firefighters Combat Challenge.
Craig Wilson makes the patient drag look easier than it is.

The first Gisborne Firefighters Combat Challenge has been hailed a resounding success after close to 40 people were involved in the gruelling crossfit event at the Marina carpark on Saturday .

Firefighters from 12 brigades around the North Island and a team from a local crossfit group made up the numbers.

“It was bloody awesome,” said principal organiser Robin Sneddon.

“The resounding cry from every one of the 39 individuals who took part was that it was a fantastic day.”

A scaffolding framework was set up in the carpark to represent a building, complete with internal stairs.

“The highlight of the day was the individual runs,” firefighter Sneddon said.

Dave Shaw, a firefighter from Te Awamutu,was the fastest man on the day, with a time of 1 minute 36.65 seconds to complete the five disciplines involved.

Firefighters throughout the world take part in the challenge and their times are recorded against each other. The disciplines involve a stair climb with a high-rise pack, a hose hoist, a forced entry, hose advance and a victim rescue.

The fastest Gisborne competitor resident was Craig Willson from Crossfit Gisborne, who completed the course in 1 minute 49.53 seconds.

He was followed by Rob Dela Haye from the Matawai volunteer fire brigade in a time of 1:56.04.​

Fastest woman was firefighter Mercedes Nixon from Titirangi in Auckland, who recorded 3:2.48.

Firefighter Karen Brown was the only local woman to take on the individual event. She finished in 4:39.

Fire and Emergency NZ in Gisborne was also represented by Ed Hindmarsh, Pila Lolohea, Trudy Hicklin and Robin Sneddon.

The team event was taken out by the Sunny Grove Social Club from Wainuiomata and the tandem run by the Titirangi 69er’s, followed by Batman and Robin — Robin being Gisborne volunteer Robin Sneddon.

“The big question at the end of the event was “is there going to be another one?”

Yes, there will be. Same time next year.

The first Gisborne Firefighters Combat Challenge has been hailed a resounding success after close to 40 people were involved in the gruelling crossfit event at the Marina carpark on Saturday .

Firefighters from 12 brigades around the North Island and a team from a local crossfit group made up the numbers.

“It was bloody awesome,” said principal organiser Robin Sneddon.

“The resounding cry from every one of the 39 individuals who took part was that it was a fantastic day.”

A scaffolding framework was set up in the carpark to represent a building, complete with internal stairs.

“The highlight of the day was the individual runs,” firefighter Sneddon said.

Dave Shaw, a firefighter from Te Awamutu,was the fastest man on the day, with a time of 1 minute 36.65 seconds to complete the five disciplines involved.

Firefighters throughout the world take part in the challenge and their times are recorded against each other. The disciplines involve a stair climb with a high-rise pack, a hose hoist, a forced entry, hose advance and a victim rescue.

The fastest Gisborne competitor resident was Craig Willson from Crossfit Gisborne, who completed the course in 1 minute 49.53 seconds.

He was followed by Rob Dela Haye from the Matawai volunteer fire brigade in a time of 1:56.04.​

Fastest woman was firefighter Mercedes Nixon from Titirangi in Auckland, who recorded 3:2.48.

Firefighter Karen Brown was the only local woman to take on the individual event. She finished in 4:39.

Fire and Emergency NZ in Gisborne was also represented by Ed Hindmarsh, Pila Lolohea, Trudy Hicklin and Robin Sneddon.

The team event was taken out by the Sunny Grove Social Club from Wainuiomata and the tandem run by the Titirangi 69er’s, followed by Batman and Robin — Robin being Gisborne volunteer Robin Sneddon.

“The big question at the end of the event was “is there going to be another one?”

Yes, there will be. Same time next year.

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