PARACOMBE FIRE, 17 April 2019

SAVEM has been Activated by PIRSA for this fire. The SAVEM Coordinator has met for briefing with the CFS Incident Controller today. The fire is uncontrolled and there is no access for Tier 2 responders, such as SAVEM, at this point. The CFS will contact SAVEM directly when or if our help is required, and in consultation with PIRSA we will follow the correct chain-of-command to attend the fireground with a SAVEM team. Updates will be provided as the situation changes. For further information about this fire, please visit the CFS website:

MOUNT COMPASS FIRE, 3 February 2019

SAVEM has been Activated by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) for the purpose of assisting with injured wildlife at this fire. Emergency Service personnel, landowners, residents and other members of the public who find injured wildlife as a result of the Mount Compass fire should contact SAVEM by phone or email: 0477 055 233 or giving information about location, species and number of animal(s) and if possible the nature of the injury. Injured wildlife may be present for days or even weeks after the fire, but for your own safety please do not approach wild animals yourself.


SAVEM demonstrated deployment of the SAVEM Hackett Foundation mobile field hospital to His Excellency Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, and Mrs Lan Le, on Wednesday 19 September 2018, at Weymouth Oval, Coromandel Valley. Thanks to Coromandel Community Centre for their outstanding support.

Read more about this event here...and here. The Coordinator gave a radio interview for The Wire - listen here



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Grants received

SAVEM was successful in obtaining funding from the Regional Community Capacity Fund, and from the Natural Disaster Resilience Program for our Volunteer Development and Training Team Initiative Project.

Read the media release and the full list of approvals.


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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 or available habitat.

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 permission is given by 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) 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 was possible via the Emergency Management Volunteer Support Scheme.

SAVEM relies on funding from the joint Federal and State funded Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP), other grant schemes, philanthropic donations and donations from the public. We are 100% volunteer - there is NO payment to SAVEM volunteers, including the SAVEM Leadership team. All donations go directly to funding SAVEM's response actions.

SAVEM is a registered charity.