An Effective Response To An Emergency Incident Involving Companion Animals, Wildlife And Livestock

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An Effective Response To An Emergency Incident Involving Companion Animals, Wildlife And Livestock

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This months’ featured photo is courtesy of SAVEM Inc who recently took delivery of their brand new Jeep Compass Sport.

According to the SAVEM Inc website… SAVEM is a Response and Recovery agency.

Their Mission is to Triage, Treat, Rescue and Reunite POST 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 they 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 They Can Do

Their Field Operations teams will work to rescue, triage, treat and return animals to their owners.

Their Planning teams will collate information from the field and plan to be one step ahead to meet the needs of Field teams.

Their Logistics teams will resource the needs of the operation – they can get supplies and veterinary and non-veterinary volunteers into the area after it is re-opened by the Controlling emergency services.

They will work with wildlife and companion animals, and support PIRSA’s role concerning livestock and horses.

What They Can’t Do

They can’t go into an emergency area BEFORE they 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.

They 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) has 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 their Website. This is possible via the Emergency Management Volunteer Support Scheme.

To learn more about SAVEM Inc please visit their website…

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