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Finland to send expert and material assistance to Lebanon following an explosion

Ministry of the Interior 6.8.2020 15.18
Press release 84/2020
Material aid.

The Ministry of the Interior has decided to send expert and material assistance to Beirut through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism due to an explosion. Lebanon has requested international assistance from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, where Finland is a member.

Finland will send a Finn Rescue - Technical Assistance and Support Team (TAST), which has been trained in international rescue operations, to Beirut. One of the team’s tasks is to support a team coordinating international aid. 

Finland’s material aid will include medical and hygiene supplies. The Lebanese authorities have requested material assistance from EU countries, because the explosion caused extensive damage.

At least one hundred people died and thousands were injured in a huge explosion in Beirut on 4 August 2020. The damage is estimated to extend across more than half of the city’s surface area.

The material assistance will be delivered through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism as part of the European Union’s joint assistance mission. The Ministry of the Interior has cooperated with the Finnish Red Cross in the procurement and transport of supplies.

Finland is an active provider of expert assistance

International rescue operations refer to the provision of assistance to other countries and acceptance of assistance in Finland under international treaties and legislation in a natural or man-made disaster or accident when the affected country lacks adequate resources. Finland is one of the most active countries in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in providing expert assistance.

The Ministry of the Interior decides on the provision of assistance. Pelastusopisto – Emergency Services Academy Finland is responsible for the training, recruitment and logistics of experts and the practical implementation of international rescue operations.

Inquiries:

Pekka Tiainen, Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Interior, tel. +358 50 456 4477, [email protected]

Ville-Veikko Pitkänen, Head of Education, Emergency Services Academy Finland, tel. +358 50 439 1846, [email protected] (expert assistance)