Update August 2016

SAVEM sincerely thanks Roger at West's Auto Repairs, Steve at Adelaide Fast Blast, Dave and Ben from Crispin Crash, JB and Tony from Signs By Knight, and Danny from Dantrak Automotive for their superb contribution to the SAVEM Horse Float project, sponsored by Westpac Group and Hackett Foundation. Also to Dave and Jordan at Handy Systems for another first class fit-out of the Hilux, sponsored by Adelaide Hills Toyota, and funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

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SAVEM's role

SAVEM is a Response and Recovery agency.

Our Mission is to Triage, Treat, Rescue and Reunite POST an event.

In response to an Emergency incident, SAVEM is activated by the State Government department, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) to support and work in the emergency area alongside other agencies.

SAVEM was formed initially to meet the needs of companion animals and wildlife, but we are a multi-species agency, and will support and supplement PIRSA in their response to an incident involving livestock and horses.

SAVEM's emergency response structure includes a State Control Centre, Regional Coordination Centres and Local Control Centres supporting in-field activities, ultimately linked back to the State Emergency Centre from which the principal emergency services operate.

What we can do
  • Our Field Operations teams will work to rescue, triage, treat and return animals to their owners.
  • Our Planning teams will collate information from the field and plan to be one step ahead to meet the needs of Field teams.
  • Our Logistics teams will resource the needs of the operation - we can get supplies and veterinary and non-veterinary volunteers into the area after it is re-opened by the Controlling emergency services.
  • We will work with wildlife and companion animals, and support PIRSA's role concerning livestock and horses.

What we can't do

  • We can't go into an emergency area BEFORE we get the all-clear from the Emergency Service which is the designated Control Agency, for example, the CFS is the Control Agency for a bushfire.
  • We can't provide an evacuation service for pets and other animals – it is the responsibility of animal owners to include their pets and other animals in their emergency evacuation plan.


The South Australian Fire & Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) has funded the SAVEM program in 2011/12 and 2012/13 to enable the provision of Training Workshops in metropolitan Adelaide and in Regional centres, a Public Awareness project and construction of our Website. This is possible via the Emergency Management Volunteer Support Scheme.






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Next course/event...

7 & 14 August, 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
Firey Women workshop run by CFS
Coromandel Community Centre, 442B Main Rd Coromandel Valley
Contact Natasha Huber, CFS Community Engagement Officer on 0428 114 218 or

Saturday & Sunday 27/28 August 2016

Level 1 on Saturday 27 August, Bob Kearney will be presenting
Exercise is Sunday 28 August.

Where: Cherry Gardens Memorial Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Road, Cherry Gardens 5157,  just east of the Cherry Gardens CFS station.
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