Rural Fire Challenge Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather currently being experienced in the Canterbury High Country, a decision has been made to CANCEL this years Rural Fire Challenge Event.  Participants will be notified by their Parent Agencies or the Event Management Team.




Welcome from Canterbury

The Canterbury Rural Fire Authorities welcome you to participate in the 2013 Regional Challenge at Castle Hill. The planning team has been working to design a slightly new concept for this year’s challenge and will post further detail here in July to help you prepare.

This year's challenge will zoom in on some of the core fire fighting skills including supervision and crew management. It will continue to be physically challenging and will utilize larger seven person crews with a maximum of six crews per day.
The morning start-up will be very familiar to past challenges, but through the day things will change, requiring a different approach to what you have been used to.


The challenge will be held at Castle Hill Village, North Canterbury (on the way to Arthurs Pass) over the three days 10-11-12 October 2013 with a maximum of six (seven person) crews participating each day


Due to length of the day's challenge, crews and IMT participants that have long distances to travel and are encouraged to spend the night/s at Castle Hill Village. Bunk rooms will be available and there are camping sites at the location (refer registration form).


Lunches will be supplied for the day of participation with breakfast and dinner available if required on either side of a participation day (refer registration form).

Vehicle Fuel:

For those traveling from afar the last fuel stops will be Arthurs Pass (Challenge closing 5pm) if you are coming from the West Coast or Springfield (Challenge closing 7pm) if you are coming from the East. There is a credit card fuel station at Sheffield a bit before Springfield.

Challenge Rules and Task Instructions

Please carefully read the information here to ensure you understand the Challenge rules, how to prepare for participation and to gain an idea of what task will be setup.

2013 Challenge Entry Rules (.pdf)
2013 Challenge Tasks and Instructions (.pdf)

As part of the last task please read the After Action Review here

Any enquiries regarding the 2013 Challenge to be directed to 

Sponsors for this year's challenge

 Thank you to all of our 2013 sponsors


2013 Sponsors


Register to participate (web registration Now Closed)

Crew registration:  for all those participating in a crew 

Incident Management Team (IMT):  for all those taking positions within Planning Intelligence and Logistics units 

Management, Mentors, Markers, VIPS and Observers: In most cases these people will have been appointed and directed to this form to formally register. Positions include those mentoring, event management, IMT managers including Incident controller support roles (overhead team), task markers, VIPs and those wishing to come and check things out. 

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