Suomen Lentopelastusseura — The Finnish Air Rescue Association

The Finnish Air Rescue Association is a national volunteer Air Rescue umbrella organization.

Our Mission

We specialize in coordinating Rescue and Aerial Fire Fighting operations, responding promptly to requests from authorities. Our highly trained crews are equipped to assist the Police in search and rescue missions, conduct Forest Fire Surveillance flights, and provide support for Fire Fighting operations.

Operational Structure

With around 50 Readiness Groups distributed across the country, we maintain a robust network of crews and aircraft ready for deployment. Our 24/7 Duty Officer, in constant communication with authorities, alerts and coordinates these groups.

Aircraft Overview

Our airplane groups primarily operate four-seated, high-winged aircraft, featuring a pilot, a mission commander, and two observers. Commonly using TETRA communications equipment and GPS devices, we ensure effective and precise operations.

Expanding Horizons: Since 2017, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Groups have joined our organization, followed by Powered Paraglider (PPG) Groups in 2019.

Efficiency and Impact: Our aircraft are not just fast and cost-effective, but often the sole mode of transport capable of conducting search, rescue, and guidance operations over expansive areas. We take pride in significantly aiding our cooperation partners during emergencies and times of great need.

Key Services:

  • Search and Rescue services
  • Over 800 trained Air Rescue volunteers
  • 50+ aircraft
  • 24/7 alerting service

Collaboration Partners

In close collaboration with various organizations, including the Ministry of the Interior, Police Forces, Emergency Centers, Fire Departments, Finnish Border Guards, ANS Finland, Voluntary Rescue Service (Vapepa), Finnish Red Cross, The Finnish Lifeboat Society, Finnish Aeronautical Association, The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK), National Defence Training Association of Finland (MPK), and Palosuojelurahasto.

Our Values and Driving Forces

  • Selflessness
  • People orientation
  • Safety
  • Competence
  • Environment-friendly

Interested in Joining?

While fluency in Finnish is mandatory, we welcome individuals who are 18 years or older, possess normal sight and motility, and have a positive attitude toward voluntary work.

Explore the possibilities with the Finnish Air Rescue Association – where commitment meets capability.