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 planning processes for main events like e.g. 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:

Contacts:

Finland
Tiina Peltola-Lampi (Chair)
Ministry of the Interior
Tel. +358 718788444, +358 404560806
E-mail: tiina.peltola-lampi@intermin.fi

Wivi-Ann Wagello-Sjölund
Ministry of the Interior
Tel. +358 295488640, +358 504563698
E-mail: wivi-ann.wagello-sjolund@intermin.fi

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

E-mail: harri.paldanius@lapinpelastuslaitos.fi

Jari Aalto
Administration of the province of Lapland

Rescue Department
Tel. +358 718762560, +358 405200486

E-mail: jari.aalto@avi.fi

Hannu Rantanen
Senior specialist
Tel. +358 505215311

E-mail: hannukans@yahoo.co.uk

Sweden
Cecilia Looström 
Swedish Civil Continguencies Agency  
Tel. +46 102405034
E-mail: cecilia.loostrom@msb.se 

 

Ulrica Fjällman
County Administrative Board of Norrbotten 
Tel. + 46 102255282, + 46 702888551
E-mail: ulrica.fjallman@lansstyrelsen.se
 

Julia Fredriksson
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Tel. + 46 102405047, + 46 703602033
E-mail: julia.fredriksson@msb.se


Russia
Sergey Okorokov
EMERCOM of Russia
Tel. +7 4956263580, +7 4956268410
E-mail: s.okorokov@gmail.com  

 

Vladimir Kazakov
EMERCOM of Russia, Murmansk region

Tel. + 7 9211718403

E-mail: ice_earl@mail.ru 

Vladmir Gusev
EMERCOM of Russia, Murmansk region
Tel. + 7 8152999404
E-mail: gumur4@mail.ru

Norway 
Per Olaf Torkildsen
Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Tel. +47 22245136, +47 91742317
E-mail: per.torkildsen@jd.dep.no

Bente Jonassen
Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Northern Norway
Tel. +47  75559300, +47 95176522
E-mail: bj@jrcc-bodoe.no

Anders Gundersen
Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency
Tel. +47 33412734, +47 93093093
E-mail: anders.gundersen@dsb.no



Calendar of Events

Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation (JCRC) Meeting
4.4.2017–5.4.2017
Place: Oulu, Finland

Barents Rescue Exercise 2017
4.9.2017–8.9.2017
Place: Karelia, Russia

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