Training and Events

Training & Events Articles

Rural Fire National Training Update

  • Bulletin posted: Feb 3, 2017

This rural fire training national update covers: 2016 Credit consumption reporting results. 2017 Unit Standard funding list 2017 NRFA Training Programme application process GTE Certified Trainer update Rural Fire learner resource update Check out the full story here.

Wajax Challenge

  • Bulletin posted: Oct 20, 2016

This days is all about having fun and mixing with other crew members throughout the region. Check out the full story here.

Vehicle Situational Awareness

  • Bulletin posted: Oct 19, 2016

Situational awareness is as important while operating a motor vehicle as it is on the fire line. As can happen from deployments, burnovers or medical emergencies, the simple fact is that firefighters can be and are injured or killed while operating vehicles on fire calls. Check out the full story here.

Firemanship - Direct Attack on Wildfires

  • Bulletin posted: Oct 1, 2016

Recent fires in Canterbury and earlier in the year in South Australia, have thrown up important lessons in firemanship. Direct attack on a wildfire, if it is to be done with a reasonable margin of safety needs to be conducted from a safe anchor point – somewhere where there is no risk of a fire either getting in behind fire fighters or impacting them full on. Check out the full story here.

NZAAA Conference - Fire Pilots and Fire Behaviour

  • Bulletin posted: Jun 27, 2016

The MKRFA in association with the National Rural Fire Authority and the NZ Agricultural Aviation Association ran a session for fire pilots on Fire Behaviour as part of the 2016 NZAAA conference, held in Wellington to enable pilots to become accredited with the NZQA unit standards required under the Use of Aircraft at Wildifres national standard Check out the full story here.

MKRFA Taskforce Deployment Hanmer Fire March 2016

  • Bulletin posted: Mar 14, 2016

The MKRFA deployed a 2-crew taskforce to the Hanmer - Canterbury fire in March. Led by Phil "Hoddy" Hodson and made up of personnel from Dept of Conservation Kaikoura staff and Blenheim, Goose Bay, Kaikoura and Koromiko VRFF's, the taskforce did an outstanding job putting in line around this gnarly 60Ha fire. Hardwork and handtools were the orders for the three days and the taskforce responded. Check out the full story here.

New Training Model For Rural Fire

  • Bulletin posted: Mar 3, 2016

The new 2016 Rural Fire Training Model document has been developed by the National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA) / New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) and describes the operating model agreed for rural training in 2016 following significant changes in 2015 to the rural training and funding environment. Check out the full story here.

4WD Training Course Canvastown 17 October 2015

  • Bulletin posted: Oct 19, 2015

As part of our MKRFA driving policy, drivers of 4x4 vehicles are required to attend this course which is designed to provide the basic skill sets for driving off road..... Check out the full story here.

2015 MKRFA Regional Wajax Competitions

  • Bulletin posted: Oct 12, 2015

Fun and Challenging Day at the Pine Valley Outdoor Centre for all our Fire Crews on 10th October 2015..... Check out the full story here.

MKRFA Current Fire Training Calendar....

  • Bulletin posted: Oct 1, 2015

The MKRFA's Draft Rural Fire Unit Standard Training Schedule to the end of 2015 is now updated for the last 3 months of the year. Get involved and register your interest now with your Fire Force Controller or your DPRFO. Contact the MKRFA Team for further details. Check out the full story here.

Southern Men put through their paces

  • Bulletin posted: Sep 30, 2015

Crews from Marlborough and Kaikoura attended aircraft courses on 26 September 2015..... Check out the full story here.

Canterbury Fire Fighter Challenge 2015

  • Bulletin posted: Sep 29, 2015

The Northern South Island Regional Rural Fire Committee are holding their 15th annual rural fire challenge. You are invited to attend the annual challenge in whatever capacity you feel would be beneficial. For RFAs there is space for teams to participate. For managers there is the opportunity to work in the units or attend as a VIP. Check out the full story here.

Wajax Competitions 2015

  • Bulletin posted: Sep 28, 2015

Rural Fire Service volunteers from within the district of Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority will face off in the Regional Rural Fire Competitions at Pine Valley Outdoor Centre on 10 October 2015. The competition commences at 10.00am which includes a BBQ. Check out the full story here.

Pump Course - Cissy Bay and Okiwi Bay

  • Bulletin posted: Sep 16, 2015

Okiwi and Cissy Bays completed a pump course on 13 September 2015 at the Okiwi Bay Camp Ground.... Check out the full story here.

Another 4WD Fire Appliance Off-Road Workshop Run 9th May

  • Bulletin posted: May 15, 2015

Another Successful 4WD Rural Fire Appliance Off-Road Workshop Run - Saturday 9th May. Read more> Check out the full story here.