You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
The United Fire Brigades’Association of New Zealand’s (UFBA) South Island Waterway Challenge attracted 38 competitors from as far away as Greymouth.
Wyndham A won the two-person team competition and Kaitangata the four-person contest.
UFBA official Jason Prendergast said the challenge tested how fast and efficiently firefighters could attach hoses to a water hydrant or connect to a water source and get the water to a fire.
The waterways challenge was one of four events the association ran.
“All these events are designed to make our firefighters better firefighters [so], when the community calls, we are there to serve the community as best we can.’’
Mr Manson said he had been competing in the event for about 30 years.
It was “the challenge to win, to compete and to be with our fellow firefighters” that kept him coming back year after year.
“Everyone’s striving to be better than they were last week. What we do and learn here, we take it to the fire ground. ”
He had also made many friends as he travelled the country taking part in the competition, he said.