Grant fuels fire response training

Published on 01 August 2019

SAVEM volunteers nurse Linda and Dr Oliver with Sooty.

When the Sampson Flat fire tore through eight small peri-urban communities northeast of Adelaide in January 2015 there was one particular group of volunteers working around the clock to help affected animals and wildlife — South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM).

The fire was the most destructive bushfire in South Australia for 30 years, burning 12,569 hectares of public and private land and destroying 24 homes, 146 other structures, five businesses and much livestock.

Over 3500 firefighters battled the blaze, and some 70 volunteers with SAVEM responded to the needs of animals and wildlife.

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