Rescue Units in Saariselkä, Western Lapland and Rovaniemi for voluntary rescue services
Lapland Safaris are setting up voluntary rescue units in the winter sports resorts of Lapland in cooperation with the Voluntary Rescue Services (Vapepa) of Lapland and the Lapland District of Finnish Red Cross. The rescues units focus on the destinations of Levi, Saariselkä, and Rovaniemi. The LSR (Lapland Safaris Rescue) provides safari operation facilities for the Voluntary Rescue Services in emergencies, whenever Lapland Safaris have resources available. The rescue units of the LSR operate under the emergency organization of the Voluntary Rescue Services of Lapland.
The LSR involves team leaders and voluntary LSR guides. The Managing Director is Markku Seurujärvi, Field Manager at Lapland Safaris. Markku Seurujärvi is responsible for the communication with the Voluntary Rescue Services of Lapland, the Lapland District of Finnish Red Cross and the local authorities. Tomi Kuosmanen, Director of Lapland Safaris West Ltd., is responsible for developing the LSR operations.
Lapland Safaris Rescue guide training
The LSR destinations organize training in rescue service expertise. The Lapland District of Finnish Red Cross will provide training in First Aid and MSO (Missing Search Operation). Lapland Police Department and Voluntary Rescue Services cooperate in organizing the search training.
Included in the LSR guide training are among other things: First Aid, hypothermia, GPS, and MSO –courses. Training for the operations takes place in challenging conditions: in extreme temperatures, bad visibility and remote mountain locations.
The training will include 5-7 training days on locations and there will be a joint exercise of all LSR units in the late spring. The first LSR guides will graduate in April 2015.
The mission statement for LSR has grown out of the realities faced by the Lapland Safaris guides on their mountain safaris as there are less and less authorities and official rescue services available. At the same time, the Voluntary Rescue Services with their local experts and operations play an increasingly important role in the area – and Lapland Safaris have resources at their command that could make a difference in the rescue services when not used by the safari operations