The Finnish Air Rescue Society is a national volunteer Air Rescue umbrella organization.
Our task is to coordinate Rescue and Aerial Fire Fighting operations, which we conduct when requested by the authorities. We train our crews for example to assist the Police in search for missing individuals, fly Forest Fire Surveillance flights and support Fire Fighting flights.
We have approximately 50 Readiness Groups all over the country, giving us the crews and aircraft for operations. They are alerted by our 24/7 Duty Officer, who receives tasks from authorities and alerts the groups.
Airplane groups mainly operate with a four seated, high winged aircraft, crewed by a pilot, a mission commander and two observers. TETRA communications equipment and GPS devices are in common use.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Groups joined the organization late 2017, followed by Powered Paraglider (PPG) Groups early 2019.
The aircraft is fast, cost-effective and, often, the only mode of transport that can search, locate and guide rescue operations over large areas. We are proud of the fact that we can often significantly assist our cooperation partners in emergencies and when the need is great.
We provide Search and Rescue services.
- more than 800 trained Air Rescue volunteers
- over 50 aircraft
- 24/4 alerting service
The Finnish Air Rescue Society operates in co-operation with:
- Ministry of the Interior
- Police Forces
- Emergency Centers
- Fire Departments
- Finnish Border Guards
- ANS Finland – Air Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC)
- 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
- Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA)
Our values and driving forces
- People orientation
- Environment friendly
Unfortunately it is mandatory to speak fluent Finnish to be able to join.
Otherwise you have to be 18 years old, have normal sight and normal motility, and have a good stance to voluntary work.