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June 2017

The Minister for Justice and Minister for Emergency Services have jointly announced the Natural Disaster Resilience Program grant fund recipients.

SAVEM was successful in obtaining funding for our Volunteer Development and Training Team Initiative Project. The training team project will be led by Dr Nancy Bombardieri. The CFS is supportive of this program and we will be working closely with the CFS regarding program content. It is envisaged that the program will have several parts, including short courses in mapping and radio communications.

Once the project has officially begun (1 July 2017) there will be further announcements as the project commences and training dates are established.

Read the media release and the full list of approvals.

May 2017

The Coordinator has just returned from giving a PhD presentation at the Australia & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference in Queensland, funded by Western Sydney University and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

The title of the presentation was: Mitigating action inertia and the awareness-action gap: findings from a South Australian case study.

Rachel will also present at the Australasian Fire & Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) conference in Sydney in September.

Her first two PhD publications can be found here:

1. “Don’t Just Do Something...Stand There! Emergency Responders’ Peri-Incident Perceptions of Animal Owners in Bushfire

2. Expanding protection motivation theory: investigating an application to animal owners and emergency responders in bushfire emergencies

September 2016

SAVEM Volunteer Fireground Safety Training DVD now online

August 2016 SAVEM Hilux and Horse Float

SAVEM sincerely thanks Roger at West's Auto Repairs, Steve at Adelaide Fast Blast, Dave and Ben from Crispin Crash, JB and Tony from Signs By Knight, and Danny from Dantrak Automotive for their superb contribution to the SAVEM Horse Float project, sponsored by Westpac Group and Hackett Foundation. Also to Dave and Jordan at Handy Systems for another first class fit-out of the Hilux, sponsored by Adelaide Hills Toyota, and funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

November 2015 Pinery Fire news

August 2015 Funding for an All Terrain Vehicle for SAVEM has been approved. Note below an excerpt from the letter by Acting Emergency Services Minister Ian Hunter.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the volunteers at the South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management Inc. for your outstanding contribution during and after the Sampson Flat fire. Your efforts brought great comfort to the community, particularly those concerned about the wildlife, pets and stock."

August 2015 Rachel Westcott is a Finalist in News Corp's Pride of Australia Medal in the Environment category. Winners are announced 23 September, and there is a People's Choice award which is open to public voting.

June 2015 Rachel was part of a photo shoot related to The Advertiser Sunday Mail Messenger Pride of Australia Awards 2015.

The Pride of Australia awards recognise the selfless efforts of ordinary people and their extraordinary achievements. The Sunday Mail shines the spotlight on three people who deserve praise.

mage from AdelaideNow.com.au Caption: SAVIOURS: Three people who helped during and after the Sampson Flat fire ripped through the Adelaide Hills. Kristy Barnes — Sampson Flat Garden Revival, Rachel Westcott — South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management Group Founder and Tom Walsh — One Tree Hill CFS station captain. Picture: SIMON CROSS

Image from AdelaideNow.com.au Caption: SAVIOURS: Three people who helped during and after the Sampson Flat fire ripped through the Adelaide Hills. Kristy Barnes — Sampson Flat Garden Revival, Rachel Westcott — South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management Group Founder and Tom Walsh — One Tree Hill CFS station captain. Picture: SIMON CROSS

May 2015 Savem applied for a $1,000 Messenger grant to refurbish our horse float to use in Response to help transport our equipment easily and quickly.

AUDIO Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Interview with Rachel Westcott by 90.9wbur, Boston USA's public radio news station. "Australian Bushfires Leave Koalas And Kangaroos Badly Burned" (~500,000 listeners weekly) [External link]

AUDIO Wednesday 15 October 2014 11:20AM Interview with Rachel Westcott by ABC Bush Telegraph on topic "Researchers seek trigger to help farmers prepare better for bushfires: are registered vets one solution?"

Rachel starts about half way through clip Page contains a link to listen on line or download

July 2014 SAVEM was awarded a Grant from SGIC's Community Grants Program to produce an Interagency Fireground Safety training video. SAVEM is working to provide a training tool for use by SAVEM volunteers to assist with animal welfare management during emergencies. This training tool will enable approximately 250 SAVEM volunteer veterinarians, vet nurses and wildlife carers to benefit from improved knowledge and awareness.

Dec 1 2013 Call out for emergency rescue helpers. Murray Valley Standard

AUDIO 8th November 2013. Interview with Rachel Westcott by ABC 891 (.mp3, 3.2 MB) Right click on link to download audio file

July 2013 Post-disaster recovery arrangement for animals in South Australia. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Canberra. Vol 28, No3, July 2013

July 29 2013 Concerns about animals can delay people from evacuating, says SAVEM. Rachel Westcott speaks to ABC (Audio file)

July 29 2013 Animals can delay people from emergency evacuation. ABC (article)

March 2013 Feature article about SAVEM in Provet's magazine Partners in Practice (AU, Autumn 2013 (March 2013, pp 28-29)

Nov 2012 SAVEM was announced a State Winner of the Resilient Australia Awards and received Highly Commended status in the National awards. These awards are sponsored by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, in conjunction with States and Territories.

Jan 27 2012 Volunteer vets set to rescue animals from bushfires. The Courier