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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...

Yorketown Fire, 20 November 2019

Yorketown Fire, 20 November 2019

SAVEM has not been Activated by PIRSA for the Yorketown fire. On Thursday 21 November the SAVEM Coordinator rang YP Vets as a professional courtesy and to offer support, left a message on Dr Natalie’s phone and spoke to a staff member at the Kadina practice – making...

Bushfire Emergency NSW & Queensland

Bushfire Emergency NSW & Queensland

If you would like to make a donation to help animals in the current bushfire emergency in NSW and Queensland, you may like to consider the options below. SAVEM does not have any direct association with these agencies, and the decision to donate, and to whom, is...

Level 1 next training announced

Level 1 next training announced

The last Level 1 training day for 2019 will be held on Sunday 1 December, 1100 to 1800 at St John's Church Hall, 337 Main Road, Coromandel Valley. New volunteers wishing to be response ready will first need to complete the pre-requisite online training...

Exercise Respond 2019

Exercise Respond 2019

Two teams of SAVEM volunteers, plus trainers and facilitators, attended Exercise Respond 2019 at Gumeracha CFS Group Base, and Bushland Park, Lobethal, on Sunday November 3. The day began with a session on developing our "To Go" kits, which we'd all...

Radio Comms training

Radio Comms training

SAVEM's Radio Comms training was successfully held on 29 October at St John's Church Hall, Coromandel Valley. Thanks to SA Country Fire Service (CFS) for assisting with training content, and to the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network (WICEN) for...

SAVEM Tent Team training 13 October

SAVEM Tent Team training 13 October

The SAVEM Tent Team trained on 13 October 2019, indoors at the Cherry Gardens Memorial Hall. The Hall is ideal as there is plenty of room for the fully inflated tent, allowing us to train effectively in adverse weather conditions. We were also able to...