First training for 2021 – Air Shelter Team

First training for 2021 – Air Shelter Team

Happy New Training Year! The first SAVEM training event for 2021 was held successfully on 10 January – the Air Shelter Team. Volunteers new to the team comprised 50% of participants, and were “buddied up” with an experienced mentor. Team Leader Deb...
Welcome to 2021 – upcoming training events

Welcome to 2021 – upcoming training events

SAVEM finished 2020 with a great team effort to make up for lost training time due to COVID. From 29 November 2020 we successfully held four training events in 11 days – 1 x Level 1, 2 x Operational Updates and 1 x special topic. The Training calendar for January to...
SAVEM and the Bushfire Royal Commission

SAVEM and the Bushfire Royal Commission

The federal Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (known colloquially as the Bushfire Royal Commission) issued its report on 28th October 2020 and this was received by the federal parliament on 30th October 2020. Like almost 1400 other...
Let’s get training!

Let’s get training!

SAVEM’s new online training modules are now available. Completion of this mandatory training is prerequisite to attending a Level 1 training day, and is highly recommended for all volunteers as a refresher – as we have now arrived at the brink of the 2020/2021...
Stars of Hope from San Bernardino Valley, California

Stars of Hope from San Bernardino Valley, California

A few weeks ago SAVEM received an unexpected parcel in the mail – arriving from California. Inside a well-packed box were 16 Stars of Hope – plywood stars painted, decorated and annotated with images and messages of encouragement, gratitude and support. They arrived...
Insect hotels and bird nesting boxes for firegrounds

Insect hotels and bird nesting boxes for firegrounds

Arthropods are often overlooked as victims of bushfire. Birds too mostly don’t just “fly away” as many people hope they will. Summer 2019/2020 was devastating for the small creatures that are critical parts of our biodiversity. Loss of habitat, territory, food and...