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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.

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.