The Finnish Air Rescue Society

The Finnish Air Rescue Society is a national volunteer Air Rescue “umbrella” organisation.

Our task is to coordinate rescue and air fire fighting operations, which we conduct when requested by the authorities. We train our crews for example to assist he police in search for missing individuals, fly forest fire surveillance flights and support fire fighting flights.

We mainly operate with a four seated aircraft, crewed by a pilot, a mission commander and two observes. TETRA communications devices and satellite navigation equipment are in common use.

Unmanned aircraft systems as well as motorized paragliders are our newest aircraft types. The first crews achieved final operational capability in the end of 2018.

The aircraft is fast, cost-effective and, often, the only mode of transport that can search, locate and coordinate rescue operations over large areas. We are proud of the fact that we are able to significantly assist our cooperation partners in emergencies and when the need is great.

We provide search and rescue services.

  •  over 600 trained Air Rescue volunteers
  •  over 70 aircraft
  •  we conduct more than 50 search and rescue operations annually
  •  we train more than 100 persons per year in training events and exercises

The Finnish Air Rescue Society operates in co-operation with:

  • Ministry of the Interior
    • Police forces
    • Fire departments
    • Emergency centers
  • Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA)
  • Fintraffic ANS – aerial rescue control centers (ARCC)
  • Finnish Aeronautical Association
  • Finnish Red Cross
  • Voluntary Rescue Service
  • The National Defence Training Association of Finland
  • The Finnish Lifeboat Society

Our values and driving forces

  • Selflessness
  • People orientation
  • Safety
  • Competence
  • Environment friendly