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Fire Fighter (also known as Pass the Bucket, Mazed and Confused, and Stuck in Love) is a recurring challenge in Survivor.


Castaway must retrieve sea water with a bucket and throw to a tribemate. The final tribe member must catch the water itself in another bucket, and use it to fill a jar. The tribes must repeat this until they have enough weight in their jar to lower it to the ground, sending a lit flame up to a fire tower, or allowing them to move on to the next section of the challenge.

When used as a Loved Ones Challenge, the castaways may or may not be blindfolded. They must retrieve sea water in a bucket, and then toss it into their loved one's bucket, who will then pour it into a bucket attached to a flag. Once that bucket becomes heavy enough, it will raise the flag, winning the pair reward.


In Vanuatu, the challenge was used as the last tribal reward. One tribe member must race into the ocean to fill a bucket with water. Then they must bring it back and toss it to a tribemate. The bucket must be tossed twice more, and the final tribe member must catch the water itself in another bucket, and use it to fill a jar. The tribes must repeat this until they have enough weight in their jar to lower it to the ground, sending a lit flame up to a fire tower. First tribe to light their fire wins reward. Both tribes had trouble getting the water into their final castaway's bucket. However, Chris Daugherty managed to catch water more easily by getting low to the ground, allowing Lopevi to take the lead and win reward.

In Cook Islands, blindfolded players will retrieve seawater in a bucket and throw the water to their guiding loved one, who pours it into a barrel, which will eventually lower and raise a flag. The first castaway to raise their flag wins. Parvati Shallow won the challenge despite her injured finger.

In Heroes vs. Villains, the version of the challenge used was the same as Cook Islands, but the contestants were not blindfolded. Jerri Manthey won the challenge and chose Parvati Shallow, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and their relatives to join her and her sister in reward.

In Cagayan, one player retrieve water with a bucket and toss to other players until another bucket in a teeter-totter. Once that bucket is full, it will release a ball. Two players would put the ball in the center of a spinning vertical maze, and use two ropes to spin the maze until the ball is out of it. First two tribes to finish, wins immunity and reward. Aparri held the lead for most of the challenge and eventually emerged victorious. Luzon recovered from an early blunder to defeat Solana in the puzzle portion of the challenge, and clinched their only immunity win.

When the challenge reappeared in Edge of Extinction, castaways were once again competing with their loved ones, with the challenge being identical to its Heroes vs. Villains counterpart. Ultimately, Ron Clark and his husband won the challenge, earning themselves a picnic back at camp. Ron chose to take Gavin Whitson and Julie Rosenberg, along with their loved ones, with him on the reward.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Now the Battle Really Begins"
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Cook Islands
"Arranging a Hit"
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
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Parvati Shallow
Heroes vs. Villains
"Loose Lips Sink Ships"
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
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Jerri Manthey
Tribal Reward/Immunity S28 cliff t.pngS28 lindsey t.pngS28 sarah t.png
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Edge of Extinction
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
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Ron Clark



  • When played individually, this challenge has always been used for the Family Visit.
  • Parvati Shallow (with her father, Mike) is the only contestant to compete in this challenge twice. She won it once, and she and Mike participated in the reward both times.
  • Cagayan is the only season thus far where this challenge has been used for immunity.
  • This is the only challenge that the Luzon tribe won.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me