Finnish voluntary fire brigade activities were awarded ”Volunteer of The Year 2018” at the Finnish Security Awards. The award is for every voluntary association and for each volunteer in these associations. The award was granted at the annual Finnish Security Awards gala, organised by Turvallisuus & Riskienhallinta Magazine.
The Firebrigades’ Assembly, a collective gathering for all voluntary fire fighters in Finland was organised on the 9th of June. During the day, fire brigade activities were proudly exhibited at the event at Vaasa market square and during a voluntary fire fighter parade in the city centre. The day culminated in an official meeting and a subsequent gala at Vaasa city hall later in the evening.
On 14 May the SPEK Council adopted a new strategy. Its vision is: A safe and crisis-resilient society, realised together with our membership.
Before hot work safety training was started in 1988, approximately 40 per cent of major fires were caused by hot work. Today fewer than five per cent of major fires are caused by welding, disc cutting and other hot work. According to a survey commissioned by the Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK), hot work safety training is regarded as important. Even so, it needs to continually be improved in relation to the realities of working life.
New technologies and web connectivity open up new prospects for making everyday life and living safer. While the IoT, the Internet of Things, provides an opportunity for improving safety, it may also generate safety risks. Information security, in particular, often receives little attention, as the Fire Prevention Technology Development Group points out.
SPEK participated in the European Commission's Civil Protection Forum in Brussels in March with an exhibition stand and presentations of three different community safety projects.
Antton Maunuksela, Olga Ranta and Hanna-Kaisa Rentola from Alajärvi secondary school, Southern Ostrobothnia, are NouHätä! champions 2018.
In a tight race, Lyseonmäki school from Heinola came second and the bronze was snatched by Riihenmäki school from Mäntsälä.
The Fire Protection Fund has granted funding for SPEK’s project which aims to maintain and develop viable, attatractive and high quality operation of fire brigades. Four regional rescue departments will implement the project as pilot regions.
At the turn of the year 2017-2018 in rural area of Kainuu, heavy snowfall caused vast power outages as trees to fall over powerlines. As a result, approximately 6 000 households were without power supply, some for up to five days. Kainuu is a sparsely populated region and power network in the area is around 10 000 kilometers long, in rough terrain, which made repairing time-consuming.
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.