The Ministry of the Interior guides and directs emergency response centre operations, and prepares related legislation. The aim is to build a safe and crisis-resilient Finland. There are 22 rescue departments in Finland, which are managed by municipalities and which carry out rescue service duties in their regions.
Rescue operations »
Rescue departments provide urgent help in the event of an accident or in the event of a potential hazard.
Accident prevention »
Rescue departments prevent accidents by steering, advising and educating citizens, entrepreneurs and others operating in the same field.
The aim with preparedness is to secure the disruption-free functioning of society, even in times of crisis.
International operations of the rescue services »
International cooperation with the European Union, United Nations, NATO, the Nordic countries and other neighbouring countries is part of the daily work of the rescue services.
The work of the rescue services and the ongoing rescue service reform are guided by the Rescue Services Strategy. The vision of the Strategy is ‘A safe and resilient Finland – through cooperation’.
Rescue service agencies and responsibilities »
Rescue departments carry out rescue service duties in their respective regions. Contract fire brigades also participate in performing rescue service duties as agreed between the brigades and the rescue department.