Sampsons Flat Bushfire News - February 2015

Now that it is six weeks since Sampson Flat fire began, SAVEM's role in response phase is winding down. Read previous updates

Feeding Kangaroos after the Sampson Flat Bushfire

Following the Sampson Flat Bushfire many kangaroos and other native animals were displaced or injured. Landholders have done a great job caring for wildlife by working with service providers, including South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management, to provide food and veterinary assistance.

With some of the most critical hands on wildlife support behind us, there is now an opportunity for everyone to help the broader landscape recover. In a natural process, bushfires typically result in the loss of most edible vegetation available to kangaroos and other grazing animals. Individual animals naturally move off burnt ground and make their way to adjacent unburnt vegetation in search for food. This process has some very significant advantages for the landscape as it recovers from the fire by reducing disturbance to fragile soils and recovering vegetation.

If you have been feeding kangaroos now is a good time to stop and encourage their natural behaviour. Kangaroos are large, mobile animals capable of travelling large distances. Landowners are likely to see many animals move across the landscape and return to the burnt area as the vegetation regrows.

If you are concerned for the welfare of native animals on your property please contact the Gawler Natural Resources Centre on 8523 7700 or South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management on 0477 055 233. For more information on South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management visit

For more information on feeding wildlife please visit

For more information on bushfire recovery and biodiversity please visit

Justin Holmes Project Leader, Fire Recovery, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges


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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