Call out for emergency rescue helpers

Rescue: SAVEM logistics manager Emilis Prelgauskas with operations manager Dr Oliver Funnell with the animal response and recovery agency SAVEM who will be hosting a workshop at Monarto on December 8.
Rescue: SAVEM logistics manager Emilis Prelgauskas with operations manager Dr Oliver Funnell with the animal response and recovery agency SAVEM who will be hosting a workshop at Monarto on December 8.

A WORKSHOP aimed at training people to care for all animals during emergencies will be held at Monarto Hall on Sunday.

South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) coordinator Rachel Westcott said anyone interested in the training was welcome to attend.

"SAVEM is part of the State's EM arrangements in the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP)," she said.

"Our work involves the rescue, triage, treatment and return or rehabilitation of all species of animals post event, such as a bushfire.

"It is well documented now that managing animals well - by trained professionals at the time of an emergency, encourages people to evacuate in a timely manner, thus saving human lives.

The spokeswoman said more than 200 volunteers including, emergency service personnel, vets, vet nurses, wildlife carers, government officers and members of the public had attended training courses held by the response and recovery agency across the State.

-The December 8 workshop will be held from 10am to 4.30pm at the Monarto War Memorial Hall. While there is no cost associated with the course, organisers are asking for people to register as the workshop is fully catered. RSVP to info@savem.org.au or to 0477 055 233. For more information visit www.savem.org.au.