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There are 22 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. 

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It is proposed that the responsibility for smoke detectors be transferred from the resident to the owner of the building

The change aims to clarify regulation and improve compliance with the obligations.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 22.9.2022 15:30

Government proposes a significant increase for the appropriations of the Ministry of the Interior’s administrative branch for 2023

The Government proposes approximately EUR 2,274 billion for the administrative branch of the Ministry of the Interior in the 2023 Budget. This is about EUR 689 billion more than in the Budget approved for 2022. The amount is largely explained by the significant increases for internal security and preparedness in the decision on spending limits which the Government made in the spring after Russia had launched its war of aggression.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 19.9.2022 18:35

Government proposes to update emergency response centre legislation to comply with the EU data protection legislation

The Government proposes amendments to the emergency response centre legislation to update the provisions on the processing of personal data in centre operations to comply with the EU data protection legislation.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 19.9.2022 18:35

Finland has sent an expert in international civil protection to Pakistan

Finland has sent an expert in international civil protection to Pakistan to assist in coordinating humanitarian aid related to monsoon floods. The expert left Finland on Tuesday 6 September.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 6.9.2022 11:38

Minister of the Interior Mikkonen to attend EU coordination meeting on preparing for wildfires

Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen will attend a coordination meeting convened by the European Commission and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU on Monday 5 September. The meeting will discuss preparedness for wildfires caused by the climate crisis. The meeting will be attended by ministers responsible for the internal security in the EU Member States and senior officials.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 5.9.2022 7:10

Finland continued to support Ukraine through civilian material assistance during the summer

On 8 July, Finland sent medical supplies and radiation safety equipment to Ukraine, and on 2 August, rescue service supplies, such as stretchers, defibrillators, first-aid kits and protective equipment. The material assistance was provided through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 24.8.2022 10:47

Finland to send experts in international civil protection to combat forest fires in Greece

By decision of the Ministry of the Interior, Finland is sending 50 rescue workers to Greece to help manage wildfires. The Emergency Services Academy is the employer of the posted experts.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 29.7.2022 11:05

Digital services to enhance fire inspections and other incident and accident prevention

A new national information system for incident and accident prevention will be procured for the rescue services. The purpose of the procurement is to enhance, harmonise and make transparent the processes of incident and accident prevention, data transfer and practices in rescue services and to enable electronic services for customers.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 7.7.2022 12:05

First national radiation measurement strategy is ready

The aim of the strategy is to ensure that Finland is prepared for managing various radiation hazards and to improve the readiness for radiation measurement to safeguard the functioning of society and its vital functions.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 30.6.2022 15:45

Bonfires may not be lit while forest and grass fire warnings are in force

No exceptions will be granted for lighting bonfires. The Ministry of the Interior urges people to check the latest fire warnings for forest fires or grass fires in the area from a local weather forecast or from the website of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Press release Ministry of the Interior Rescue services, 21.6.2022 13:44

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