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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.

Rules

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.

History

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.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Vanuatu
"Now the Battle Really Begins"
Tribal Reward S9 chad tS9 chris t
S9 julie tS9 lea tS9 twila t
Lopevi
Cook Islands
"Arranging a Hit"
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
S13 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
Heroes vs. Villains
"Loose Lips Sink Ships"
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
S20 jerri t
Jerri Manthey
Cagayan
"Cops-R-Us"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S28 cliff tS28 lindsey tS28 sarah t
S28 tony tS28 trish tS28 woo t
Aparri
S28 jtia tS28 kass tS28 spencer tS28 tasha t
Luzon
Edge of Extinction
"Awkward"
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
S38 ron t
Ron Clark

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Trivia

  • When played individually, this challenge has always been used for the Family Visit.
  • Parvati Shallow is the only contestant to compete in this challenge twice.
    • Parvati (with her father, Mike) joined in the reward for this challenge both times it was used individually.
  • 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.

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