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.

Increased transboundary co-operation across national/federal and county borders can facilitate and improve emergency and rescue operation. 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.

An Agreement between the Governments in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region on Cooperation within the field of Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response has been developed between Finland, Norway, the Russian Federation and Sweden, was signed on 11 December 2008 in Moscow. The Agreement took effect on 17 May 2012 upon ratification by all Parties.

The Agreement, in English | Finnish | Norwegian | Swedish | Russian.

The Joint Committee has been established in order to strengthen and expand ongoing, transboundary, emergency and rescue services co-operations at county level in order to improve the interoperability of emergency and rescue services functions in the Barents Region.

A 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 (September 2015) can be downloaded here >> 

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.

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.

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The Joint Committee in Kirkenes, Norway, May 2014

Barents Rescue exercises:

Agencies and Ministries represented in the Joint Committee:


Cecilia Looström (Chair)
Swedish Civil Continguencies Agency  
Tel. +46 102405034


Karin Börjesson 
County Administrative Board of Norrbotten 
Tel: + 46 92096306, + 46 738096306


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

Russian Federation
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

Tiina Peltola-Lampi
Ministry of the Interior
Tel: +358 718788444, +358 404560806


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


Kjell Johansen 
Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Northern Norway
Tel: +47 75559300, +47 91300469


Sveinung Torgersen
Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Tel.: +47 22 24 56 77

Mette Sylvelin Seyersted
Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security 
Tel.: +47 22 24 54 29

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