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Volunteer Participation in Oil Spill Response in Denmark

When an oil spill hits the coast of Denmark, the respective municipality is responsible for the clean-up. However, most municipalities have given the task to the local fire department, as they are always on-call and able to respond within minutes. Many fire brigades cooperate with volunteer firefighters who typically assist on longer operations, with everything from firefighting to logistics and catering. In a new survey, we have investigated the volunteers’ participation in oil spill response on shores and shallow waters.

Lithuanian Red Cross’ Viewpoint on the KOPOS2021 Oil Spill Response Exercise

The long-awaited KOPOS oil spill exercise took place on the last days of May 2021. Due to the pandemic, the exercise was postponed from its original date in 2020 and instead it was implemented online this year. Despite the restrictions to make it a live large-scale event, the organisers from the Lithuanian Fire and Rescue Department made the exercise interactive and visual to all participants and observers.

Simulator Training by TalTech Estonian Maritime Academy

Although TalTech Estonian Maritime Academy as a maritime education and training institution is focusing on educating future navigators, ship engineers and shore personnel, we are also contributing in the training of coast and border guards. Besides conventional further training courses in the maritime, we also provide training courses for search mission coordinators (SMC) and on-scene coordinators (OSC) aimed for the staff of national Rescue Coordination Centres and deck officers of vessels taking part in national SAR activities. As the focus of these courses is in the practical application of knowledge via teamwork using case studies and exercises, the maritime simulators play quite an extensive role.

Postponement, Prolongation, and Surveys – Updates from the Danish Civil Protection League

This month we should have held an oil spill conference and exercise at the island Fanoe in Denmark. Due to the corona situation, it has been postponed to the autumn (23rd to 25th September), so we continue our preparations. At the event, we will gather Danish rescue authorities and other interested stakeholders. Hopefully, we can also welcome our partners in the OIL SPILL project as travel restrictions are removed in the Baltic Sea countries.

Join KOPOS2021 Oil Spill Response Exercise and Seminar Virtually on 26–27 May

KOPOS2021 will be an interactive tabletop exercise on Wednesday, 26 May, followed by a webinar on OSR capability in the Baltic Sea Region on Thursday. Everyone interested is welcome to participate in both events virtually. For the English-speaking observers, a simultaneous translation from Lithuanian into English will be provided during the tabletop exercise. The webinar “Enhancing oil spill response capability in the Baltic Sea Region” is held completely in English (see the programme below).

Vellamo 2021 Exercise Developed Co-operation Between Authorities and Volunteers

One of the main aims of the OIL SPILL project is to develop co-operation between volunteers and authorities in oil spill response. Tommi Virtanen, who works as Head of Preparedness at the Finnish Red Cross Southwest Finland district office, represented the voluntary organizations in the exercise management group. “Utilizing the expertise of the third sector depends most on the authority’s imagination and perhaps the courage to ask for help from these organizations…