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Civil defence operations in Helsinki

Preparing for serious disruptions and civil defence situations is carried out in cooperation, and the responsibilities are divided between the citizens, building owners, companies and institutions, as well as the municipal and state authorities.

The Helsinki City Rescue Department supports the self-preparedness of Helsinki residents. The Rescue Department's on-call fire inspector answers any inquiries concerning serious disruptions and preparedness for civil defence (tel. +358 310 31203) on weekdays between 8:30am and 11:30am and 12:00 noon to 3:30pm.

The Rescue Department’s planner guidance group provides advice on new construction and renovation matters pertaining to fire and rescue safety and the construction of civil defence shelters.

Preparing for serious disruptions and civil defence

Helsinki is the centre of administration, finance, traffic and culture in our country. Securing the continuity of operations in the capital city during all safety situations is vital to all of Finland. Preparing for protecting the population and the most vital operations of the society is a central part of this preparedness.

The Helsinki City Rescue Department coordinates the capital city’s preparedness for serious disruptions and civil defence from the perspective of rescue services.

This preparedness is executed in cooperation with the state and the city group’s various departments, public enterprises, subsidiaries and the companies, institutions, building owners and citizens that participate in self-preparedness. All authorities prepare for civil defence, as stated by the legislation of their administrative branch. Central operators in this work are, for example, organisations related to the health, safety, water, food and energy services of the people and the environment and to information and material distribution. The building owners and occupants have an obligation to ensure the safety of the people using the building. 

The Rescue Department coordinates and carries out statutory preparedness measures, which include, e.g.

  • preparing for major disasters, serious disruptions and civil defence,
  • preparedness planning,
  • evacuation planning,
  • advance preparations, such as the maintenance of management, control and alarm systems and data connections,
  • education and training.

These measures help to prepare for known threats.

The Rescue Department’s Head of Emergency Preparedness is in charge of the Helsinki City Rescue Department’s preparedness for major disasters, serious disruptions and civil defence.

The on-call fire safety inspector will answer to Helsinki residents’ inquiries concerning self-preparedness and civil defence (tel. +358 310 31203) on weekdays between 8:30am and 11:30am and 12:00 noon to 3:30pm.

The planner guidance group provides advice on new construction and renovation matters pertaining to fire and rescue safety and the construction of civil defence shelters.