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There are 21 rescue departments in Finland, which are managed by municipalities and which carry out rescue service duties in their regions. Rescue departments cooperate with other authorities and with local residents and communities in the prevention of accidents and maintenance of security. The goal of the Rescue Act is to enable individuals, owners and occupants of buildings, and business and industrial operators to prevent accidents within their living environments and activities, and to prepare for the limitation and avoidance of the losses and consequences of accidents. Everyone can create a safer life and environment through their own activities. 

Security is co-operation!


Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen expresses her condolences to Ukraine

Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen has expressed her deepest condolences to Ukraine and to the families of the people who were killed in the helicopter crash on 18 January. The crash resulted in the death of Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi and other members of the ministry’s leadership.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 18.1.2023 13:42

EU’s common reserve of rescue equipment and medical supplies to be located in Finland – project budget EUR 242 million

The European Commission is funding the EU’s first chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear strategic reserve in Finland, under rescEU, which includes personal protective equipment, measuring equipment, pharmaceuticals and antibodies in Finland for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear accidents.
Press release Ministry of Social Affairs and HealthMinistry of the Interior Rescue services, 17.1.2023 12:31
A person from the rescue services by the fire truck.

Rescue services responded to over 100,000 emergency calls in 2022

The Finnish rescue services responded to about 100,700 emergency calls last year, of which about 66,600 were urgent. Of these calls, 11,856 were fires and 16,210 were traffic accidents. The total number of emergency calls was slightly lower than the average in preceding years. For example, in 2018–2020, the average number of emergency calls responded by the rescue services was over 107,000 a year.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 3.1.2023 9:14

New year brings changes to the Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch

The start of 2023 will see the entry into force of amendments to acts and decrees. This press release provides a summary of the most important changes. 
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 21.12.2022 11:39

More energy sector assistance and hospital supplies to Ukraine – the need for assistance will continue for a long time

Finland has sent more energy sector supplies and hospital supplies to Ukraine. Last week, Finland also delivered school furniture for the first time. This year, Finland has delivered a total of 55 trucks of civilian material assistance to Ukraine. New assistance packages are being prepared, among other things, for the energy sector.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 29.12.2022 10:02
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Proposal for restructuring the education and training in Finland’s rescue services and emergency response centre operations sent out for comments

The Ministry of the Interior has sent out for comments a draft proposal on the levels and system of qualifications and degree programmes in rescue services and emergency response centre operations. The draft proposal contains two alternatives for education and training in rescue services and one for education and training in emergency response centre operations. Comments on the draft will be accepted until 14 November 2022.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 18.10.2022 14:14

Finland sends school busses to Ukraine

On Wednesday 7 December, Finland sent buses to Ukraine to be used to transport children and young people to school. This donation is part of the European Commission’s solidarity campaign. Russia’s war of aggression has affected an estimated 5.7 million schoolchildren in Ukraine with many schools having been destroyed in bombing.
Press release Ministry of Transport and CommunicationsMinistry of the Interior Rescue services, 7.12.2022 6:59

Nordic cooperation in civil preparedness is now more important than ever before

On 2 December 2022, ministers responsible for civil preparedness or their deputies from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland met in Reykjavik in the framework of so-called Haga cooperation. State Secretary Akseli Koskela from the Ministry of the Interior represented Finland at the meeting.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 2.12.2022 13:57

Funding for a pilot section of a fence on the eastern border, increasing the number of rescue workers and developing police ICT services

In its fourth supplementary budget for 2022, the Government has proposed a total of EUR 9.0 million in additional funding for the administrative branch of the Ministry of the Interior and EUR 6.0 million in funding outside of the budgeted spending limits for a pilot section of a fence on the eastern border.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 27.10.2022 13:54

Finland supports energy sector in Ukraine

On 24 November, Finland sent much needed help for the energy sector in Ukraine. The delivery package comprised components of the electricity grid, such as current transformers, circuit breakers and relays. Earlier this autumn, 28 current transformers were delivered to Ukraine.
Press release Ministry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentMinistry of the Interior Rescue services, 30.11.2022 16:04

Paramedics in front of ambulance

Pelastustoimi -reliable and efficient

Accident prevention, rescue operations, preparedness and civil defence form a coherent system in Finland that covers all types of incidents from daily accidents to major disasters. In the event of an accident or the threat of one, effective measures are taken to bring people to safety, secure vital functions and limit the impact of the accident.

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22
rescue service regions
12 602
fires in year 2019
107 970
rescue operations
17 214
traffic accidents