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SAVEM Training 2020 and COVID19

SAVEM Training 2020 and COVID19

The SAVEM Training Team would like to share with you our plans for training in 2020. Our intention to hold several SAVEM Level 1 training days during peacetime 2020 has - obviously - had to be reviewed. We had hoped, and were looking forward, to meeting many of our...

KI Wildlife Updates from Hanson Bay and Pelican Lagoon

KI Wildlife Updates from Hanson Bay and Pelican Lagoon

SAVEM would like to share some positive news from Kangaroo Island. Although this news was received prior to the impact of COVID19 upon all of us, we believe it is important not to lose sight of the events which shaped our lives earlier in the year during the horrific...

SAVEM 2019-2020 Activation Day 52

SAVEM 2019-2020 Activation Day 52

As usual at this point in a major bushfire activation, SAVEM has plenty of work still to do. Only yesterday, a burned kangaroo required euthanasia at the Cudlee Creek fireground, and during this last week on Kangaroo Island the SAVEM team checked several sites...

SAVEM Deployment Day 36

SAVEM Deployment Day 36

Today marks the 36th day of the current continuous deployments which began on 20 December 2019, at Cudlee Creek and at the Kangaroo Island fires. SAVEM teams have rotated throughout this time, rostering and resting 20 participating volunteers. As in previous major...

Kangaroo Island fires Day 19

Kangaroo Island fires Day 19

SAVEM has enjoyed collaborating with several other agencies during this Activation. RSPCA, DEW, KI Vets and Joint Task Force have joined forces in the SAVEM Tent to deliver positive veterinary outcomes for the Island's wildlife. To help Parndana in its return to...

Kangaroo Island fires day 12

Kangaroo Island fires day 12

Day 12 saw SAVEM Team 5 (pictured below) deployed to Kangaroo Island. We are forever grateful to Simon Hackett who has flown SAVEM vets and nurses to and from Kingscote in his PC12 aircraft. Simon also donated the SAVEM Tent seen in the photographs below. Manufactured...

Kangaroo Island fires day 10

Kangaroo Island fires day 10

Yesterday was a "first" for SAVEM - the SAVEM Hackett Foundation inflatable field triage and treatment centre was deployed for the first time outside a training environment. There was much debate as to where the Tent would be best utilised. The still "going" Ravine...

Kangaroo Island fires week 2

Kangaroo Island fires week 2

The first SAVEM team has completed its rotation, and the second took the field on Monday 6 January. During this time, the team has been working in collaboration with the Joint Task Force (JTF) from the Australian Defence Force (ADF). On Thursday 9 January, the third...

KANGAROO ISLAND FIRES

KANGAROO ISLAND FIRES

Dear SAVEM supporters, THANKYOU for your generosity, interest and help. The SAVEM website has been challenged of late, but we thankyou for your patience. Our IT people have worked hard to overcome some technical issues. Updates on SAVEM's current fireground...

SAVEM’s authorisation from Professor Chris Daniels

SAVEM’s authorisation from Professor Chris Daniels

The Department of Environment and Water has issued a formal statement signed off by Professor Chris Daniels, Director of Cleland Wildlife Park, that SAVEM is the "go-to" organisation for wildlife in emergencies in South Australia. Please see:...

Cudlee Creek fire Day 14

Cudlee Creek fire Day 14

Wednesday's team of 4 and Thursday's of 3 had good productive days. As are most of the tasks now, these were for kangaroos and koalas and some possums. And as is often the case, we've been to some properties several times - where green spaces are attractive to animals...

Cudlee Creek Fire, Day 10

Cudlee Creek Fire, Day 10

South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) Inc is a Tier 2 Response and Recovery agency with a formal role in the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP). SAVEM is a Participating Agency under Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), as are groups such...

Cudlee Creek Fire, Day 6

Cudlee Creek Fire, Day 6

SAVEM has a Control desk in the Gumeracha Hall. We've installed our banner, making our presence easily identifiable. Dr Claire has been Operations Manager on Days 5 & 6 - Christmas Day and Boxing Day. SAVEM has one team out today with the capability of sending...

Cudlee Creek Fire, South Australia, Day 4

Cudlee Creek Fire, South Australia, Day 4

Day 4 was a gruelling day, but with a number of good outcomes. One was "Charlie" the koala - named after Charlie the cherry-picker driver (from Taking Care Of Trees) who elevated Belinda and Rachel to the treetops. Charlie's mum had perished, and Charlie insisted on...

Cudlee Creek Fire Day 2 SAVEM response

Cudlee Creek Fire Day 2 SAVEM response

Two teams of SAVEM vets and nurses were active in the Cudlee Creek fireground throughout the day. We visited numerous farms and properties, attending to sheep, cattle, alpacas, horses and wildlife. This evening our vehicles have been restocked, reporting to PIRSA...

Cudlee Creek Fire 20 December 2019

SAVEM has been Activated for the Cudlee Creek fire, and is on Standby. We will be attending a briefing at Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) on Saturday 21 December. PIRSA leads the Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Support Group in the State Emergency...

Kevlar fire protection for horses from TBAFirefly

Kevlar fire protection for horses from TBAFirefly

The UK based company TBA Firefly produces kevlar products suitable for bushfire resistant construction in buildings and formwork for metal castings. Fireflyt Horse Protection has been developed by the company director (a horse owner) for horses left in the open in...

Treating burns with tilapia skin

Treating burns with tilapia skin

SAVEM has a strong culture of promoting continuous improvement - we keep a "weather eye" watch for innovations relevant to our mission, pertinent for future use. We thank Cathy, a resident of California who sent us this link:...

SAVEM field hospital trailer

SAVEM field hospital trailer

The SAVEM inflatable field hospital dedicated trailer has arrived today. The Coordinator and the Logistics manager collected the trailer from Signs By Knight, who have signed all four SAVEM vehicles and trailers. The next task is to transfer the hospital packs from...

SAVEM Level 1, 1 December 2019

SAVEM Level 1, 1 December 2019

An enthusiastic and diverse group of new volunteers completed SAVEM’s Level 1 course on Sunday 1 December. They were joined by some more experienced volunteers who seized the opportunity to come along for “refresher” training. St John’s Anglican Church Hall was...