Professionalisation is a challenge to volunteering-based fire brigade activities.
The International Association of Fire and Rescue Services CTIF (Comité technique international de prévention et d´extinction du Feu) organized its annual Delegates’ Assembly in 2016 in Helsinki, Finland in cooperation with its Finnish member, The National CTIF Committee of Finland. SPEK was the main organizer of the event.
During the last weekend of August over 150 volunteers and representatives of authorities joint forces to conduct an oil spill exercise Nuotta 2016. Managed by the Regional Rescue Department of Lapland, arctic weather conditions and shallow waters posed a challenge for the cooperation in practice.
Insurance company LähiTapiola offers complimentary emergency fire extinguishing training for 100,000 people in 2016. The campaign is part of a wider cooperation between LähiTapiola and The Finnish National Rescue Association SPEK.