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Next Level 1 Training 16 May 2021

Next Level 1 Training 16 May 2021

The next SAVEM Level 1 Training Day will be held on Sunday 16 May 2021, 0900 to 1630. Venue is the Cherry Gardens Community Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Road, Cherry Gardens. To be eligible, participants must register with SAVEM and have completed the SAVEM on-line...

Koala Life launch at Cleland Wildlife Park

Koala Life launch at Cleland Wildlife Park

On 12 March 2021 “Koala Life” was launched at Cleland Wildlife Park (CWP). The launch included the World Premiere of Blinky Bill Is On The Loose, a new musical theatre production for children and families presented by Theatre Bugs, and based on the original Blinky...

Cherry Gardens fire 15 February 2021

Cherry Gardens fire 15 February 2021

State Recovery Office has provided SAVEM with this link operated by the Adelaide Hills Council: https://engage.ahc.sa.gov.au/cherry-gardens-fire This is information about bushfire recovery for the local community. SAVEM encourages the community to make use of the...

SAVEM ALERT – SAVEM on fireground

SAVEM is an accredited Tier 2 Emergency Service. We are structured as an independent 100% volunteer not-for-profit organisation. Therefore, SAVEM has no "owners" or affiliated organisations. Participants with SAVEM are only deployed once they have completed mandatory...

Fire Updates Cherry Gardens Fire

Fire Updates Cherry Gardens Fire

For news on the Cherry Gardens fire please go to "LATEST NEWS" and click on "FIRE UPDATES". The fire updates button on the home page is currently not visible on all devices - we are working to fix this problem. The photo below shows SAVEM 2 on fireground 31 January...

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 directed two...

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 fire...

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...

SAVEM 3 in the SAVEM fleet

SAVEM 3 in the SAVEM fleet

SAVEM 3 - one of six vehicles donated by Animals Australia for bushfire response in the 2019/2020 "Black Summer" bushfires - has had signage completed by Signs By Knight at St Marys - thankyou Tony, Aaron and Jess. Rooftop lights were installed by TJM when SAVEM 3...

SAVEM training set to resume in September 2020

SAVEM training set to resume in September 2020

The SAVEM Training Team is aiming to resume face-to-face training in September and October, COVID-19 restrictions permitting. Two Level 1 sessions are being planned, on 20 September and 18 October, 2020, with a pre-season Operational Update scheduled at this stage for...

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...