On Sunday the 17th of February both Eden Hills 14 and Blackwood 24 headed to Kangaroo Island for a 3 day deployment. These appliances are equipped with compressed air foam system (CAFS) pumps capable of generating large volumes of foam. This capability will be deployed on a timber mill fire at Macgillivray in an attempt to smother burning piles.
At 20:29 on the evening of Thursday the 14th of February 2013 Sturt CFS Group appliances responded to a grass fire on Bald Hill just to the south of Carrick Hill. Due to the visibility of this area from metropolitan Adelaide the fire triggered a flood of 000 calls. A total of 12 CFS and 1 MFS appliances attended and contained the fire to around 4Ha in size. The steep terrain and numerous sightseers clogging the roads made the fire difficult to combat. During the incident Brown Hill Creek and part of Belair were evacuated by the police service as a precaution. Crews worked though the night to secure the perimeter and mop up the fire the next day.
Radio Traffic from the Incident. Recording is voice operated so sections of silence are removed and the recording is not real time.
Welcome to the Sturt CFS Group website. The aim of this website is to support the Sturt CFS Group’s mission and communicate that mission with the local community.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) is responsible for providing emergency fire and rescue services to the majority of South Australia. The CFS area of responsibility extends from the suburbs of Adelaide to the most remote parts of the state. The CFS responds to the entire range of emergency situations including
- Vehicle accidents
- Spills of hazardous substances
- Fire alarms
- Wildfires (grass scrub forest)
- Domestic fires
- Industrial fires
In attending and dealing with such emergencies the CFS aims to protect life, property and the environment. To facilitate the management of such a large area covered by the CFS the state has been divided up into regions. These regions are further divided into groups of brigades. The Sturt Group is located in CFS region 1 which covers the Mt Lofty rangers and Kangaroo Island.
Sturt Group comprises of 5 individual brigades, a total of 12 fire appliances and approximately 180 volunteers. Brigades with in the group respond to around 260 emergency incidents per year.
The area covered by the Sturt Group extends through the hills south of Adelaide from Urrbrae in the north to Scott Creek in the south. This area contains a mixture of land uses including urban housing, light industrial, rural farmland and native vegetation. This diverse land usage results in a wide range of different emergencies. The mixture of urban housing and native vegetation within Sturt Group area represents among the highest bushfire risk areas in South Australia.