Rescue Cooperation

Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation in the Barents Region

Risk scenarios for major accidents, natural disasters, and man-made emergencies show many similarities in the Barents Region. There are long distances between economic centres, sparsely populated rural communities, limited rescue personnel and equipment, and restricted means for transport and hospital resources available in case of larger accidents.

The aim of the Barents Rescue co-operation is to improve the possibilities for the rescue services agencies to co-operate on emergency and rescue issues across county and national/federal borders in the Barents Region. Such increased co-operation would make optimal use of the widely dispersed resources and provide assistance faster and more directly. Specialist functions would be made available to neighbours in need.

Assistance could be provided more efficiently, faster and at lower operating cost. Direct access to additional resources and specialised functions in neighbouring countries could be assured. Preparedness and prevention measures could be co-ordinated.

Focus is on day-to-day basic emergency situations, such as traffic accidents, forest fires, tourism related accidents, fires in open cabins, floods and ice plugs and industrial and chemical accidents.

2014-05-22 JCRC.jpeg          The Joint Committee in Kirkenes, Norway, May 2014

The Barents Joint Rescue Manual has been developed for use in emergency situations as defined by the Agreement and provides guidance and instructions for the implementation of the Agreement. The latest version of the Manual (January 2017) can be found here >>.

The Planning and Evaluation Group (PEWG) is a subgroup under the Joint Committee, which has been established in order to assist the Joint Committee in its work and to represent the Committee in the planning processes for the main events, such as the Barents Rescue Exercises. The Terms of Reference for the PEWG can be found here >>

The Agreement on Cooperation within the field of Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response in English | Finnish | Norwegian | Swedish | Russian

Barents Rescue exercises:

Agencies and Ministries represented in the Joint Committee:


Tiina Peltola-Lampi (Chair)
Ministry of the Interior
Tel. +358 718788444, +358 404560806

Wivi-Ann Wagello-Sjölund
Ministry of the Interior
Tel. +358 295488640, +358 504563698

Harri Paldanius
Emergency service of Lapland 
Tel. +358 201311240, + 358 407654967


Jari Aalto
Administration of the province of Lapland

Rescue Department
Tel. +358 718762560, +358 405200486


Hannu Rantanen
Senior specialist
Tel. +358 505215311


Cecilia Looström 
Swedish Civil Continguencies Agency  
Tel. +46 102405034


Ulrica Fjällman
County Administrative Board of Norrbotten 
Tel. + 46 102255282, + 46 702888551

Julia Fredriksson
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Tel. + 46 102405047, + 46 703602033

Sergey Okorokov
EMERCOM of Russia
Tel. +7 4956263580, +7 4956268410


Vladimir Kazakov
EMERCOM of Russia, Murmansk region

Tel. + 7 9211718403


Vladmir Gusev
EMERCOM of Russia, Murmansk region
Tel. + 7 8152999404

Per Olaf Torkildsen
Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Tel. +47 22245136, +47 91742317

Bente Jonassen
Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Northern Norway
Tel. +47  75559300, +47 95176522

Anders Gundersen
Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency
Tel. +47 33412734, +47 93093093

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