In case of a fire, you are the first person to rescue yourself and others at risk. It takes minutes for the fire brigade to arrive meaining they are not there for the first crucial moments. Term ” you act first” also means that you can prevent fires. This was the message of 2017’s Fire Safety Week.
Preparedness for reduced functional ability and dangerous situations caused by memory diseases is not up to scratch. In this kind of risk management, negations and limitations are emphasized, for example limiting cooking or the possibility to be outside or enforcing a driving ban. Permissive technical and digital aides and solutions which enable active participation are still quite rare. These are the results of a research conducted by The Finnish National Rescue Association SPEK.
Over 100 actors from different fire brigades gathered in Tampere in September to participate in fire brigades’ study days.
Fire Research Panel (Palotutkimusraati) organized the 10th Fire Research Days in August in Espoo, Finland. The aim of the seminar was to showcase latest developments and achievements in fire research.
SPEK’s Head of Training, Mrs Heli Hätönen, has been elected as the vice-chair of CFPA-E’s Training Commission.
Hot work licence is continuing to grow. The safety training concept has been taken to Slovenia with first Slovenian trainers qualified to train people with the Finnish system.
Nearly 70 % of respondents see that emergency planning has improved the safety of residential buildings and homeowners’ associations, according to a survey conducted by The Finnish National Rescue Association. With emergency planning, residents have received information on safety issues and improvements have been made to safety signals, lighting and safety exists.
According to a study conducted by The Finnish National Rescue Association, marginalisation and social exclusion are seen as the most significant factors of insecurity. The biggest threat to the Finnish society, according to the respondents, is prolonged economic recession.
As of spring of 2017, The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK) has trained 72h preparedness instructors, who are taught to organise short training events, lasting a couple of hours, in communities eager to receive lessons in urban preparedness.
SPEK is involved in a number of interesting projects this year. From societal security to participatory safety for vulnerable groups and even further to the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and operational ability of authorities, SPEK aims to make sure the society works in favor of the individual during good and bad times.