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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.

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…

Vellamo 2021 Oil Spill Response Exercise Has Begun in the OIL SPILL Pilot Area

Yesterday evening, a massive oil spill was spotted at the Finnish archipelago on the Southwest coast of Finland. Luckily, it is only an imaginary one and part of the Vellamo 2021 oil spill response (OSR) exercise organized by the Southwest Finland Emergency Services (SWFES). Vellamo is one of the main events of the OIL SPILL Project. It aims to test and practice how the local emergency services in our pilot area manages the response operation together with the OSR volunteers and in cooperation with international assistance.

Vellamo 2021 Oil Spill Response Webinar on 6 May 2021, Register Now!

Vellamo 2021 is one of the largest oil spill response (OSR) exercises the OIL SPILL Project is part of. Southwest Finland Emergency Services is the main organizer of this event that combines the activities of OIL SPILL, Host Nation Support, and SAAME, the annual OSR exercise at the Finnish Archipelago Sea.

50 Finnish Voluntary Rescue Service Leaders Familiarized with Oil Spill Response Online

The volunteer leaders of The Voluntary Rescue Service (Vapepa) are recommended to update their knowledge every three years in Finland. Annually a national supplementary training is organized for them by Finnish Red Cross. The theme is always different and this year it was large-scale and long-lasting emergencies, and we used oil spill response as an example. Altogether 50 voluntary leaders were trained online in two training sessions in February and March.