26 August: Exercise Get Ready 2018/19

Cherry Gardens Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Road, Cherry Gardens 5157

Time: 0900-1630

REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS please watch for Exercise emails this week.

  • Prerequisite: Level 1, review Volunteer Fireground Safety DVD (under Volunteers tab)
  • Register at: OR voicemail 0477 055 233 or on the Volunteer Registration Form under the Volunteers tab

30 September: Level 1

Cherry Gardens Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Road, Cherry Gardens 5157

  • Prerequisite: online training module and quiz, Volunteer Fireground Safety DVD (under the Volunteers tab)
  • Register at: OR voicemail 0477 055 233


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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.


Click on "Donate" under the "About SAVEM" tab

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 we get the all-clear from 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.