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Materials - Guidebooks and brochures

SPEK has published guidebooks and other training material so as to improve the safety skills of citizens and to facilitate rescue contingency planning. They act as practical tools in preparing residential emergency plans. The training material also includes instructions for flood risk preparedness as well as dealing with disruptions in infrastructure caused by storms or other extreme weather phenomena. The material is freely available in print and on the Internet.

Our brochures focus on fire safety and individual emergency planning. They are miniature safety manuals for concerned citizens. These materials are in Finnish or in Swedish and you can find them in our online store.

SPEK also publishes fact sheets from projects and current issues. Some of them are also translated in English and you can find them below. 

Here are some examples of our materials in English:

Our Safe Village.pdf

72 hours - could you cope on your own.pdf

Voluntary civil protection in Finland.pdf

Deliberately set fires.pdf

Voluntary civil protection organizations.pdf

Rural community safety.pdf

Public safety and security services.pdf

Fire Safety in the Home - Brochure for Immigrants (link)

Research study: Finns concerned about growing inequality between citizens.pdf

SPEK Strategy and SPEK Group's Operational and Financial Plan 2016–2020.pdf

Project: Volunteer Participation in Oil Spill Response

The preparedness for oil spill prevention and response is the purview of the authorities, whereas volunteers make a significant difference in action on the ground. No country can manage a severe oil spill in the best possible way without an organized and trained voluntary reserve.

In order to ensure well-functioning cooperation between authorities and volunteers, The Finnish National Rescue Association SPEK carried out a project “Volunteer Participation in Oil Spill Response” in which a new operational model was created from the materials produced in the project.

The model includes for example a management structure for voluntary activities, activities suitable for volunteers, alarming system for volunteers, possibilities for different sizes of formations and communication activities between different actors. Another additional aspect of the model is integrating spontaneous volunteers in the operation. Most of them will be directed to shoreline to collect oil waste.

The role of volunteers in oil spill response has been thought out thoroughly in the model. However, it’s possible to use the model in other fault situations led by authorities as well, such as storms and floods. 

The project was carried out in broad cooperation with several organisations. Participating authorities where i.a. Ministry of the Environment, Finnish Environment Institute, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Finnish Border Guard and two rescue departments. Volunteer sector was represented by WWF Finland, Finnish Lifeboat Institution, Finnish Air Rescue Society, National Defence Training Association of Finland and Finnish Red Cross.

Translated documents:

1. Managing and Organizing Volunteers in Oil Spill Response
2. Tasks Suited to Volunteers in Oil Spill Response