As part of bushfire action week 2015 Blackwood brigade is hosting an open day which will include demonstrations and ability to view the soon to be commissioned Sturt Group Tanker. The event will be held on Sunday 25/10/15 between 11am and 1pm at the Blackwood fire station Gorse Av Hawthorndene.
Late in the evening of Friday 2/1/15 the Sturt Group strike team was responded to assist in combating a large fire burning out of control in the Adelaide Hills to the North East of Adelaide. The Sturt Group strike team consisted of 5 appliances, one bulk water carrier and one command car. The strike team appliances remained in the area for more than 2 days with crews being rotated every 12 hours.
In addition to fire fighting crews a number of Sturt Group members were part of the incident management team providing operational and logistical support.
On Saturday 8/2/14 brigades from Sturt and Lofty Groups responded to a fire burning under extreme fire conditions in the Belair National Park. The fire was quickly contained with the assistance of water bombing aircraft and National Park crews monitored the area for several days to extinguish re-ignitions.
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.