Contact information

You can reach the Voluntary Rescue Service by contacting the Finnish Red Cross or directly contacting the member organisation you are interested in.
The Finnish Lifeboat Institution is responsible for the voluntary maritime rescue operations and the Finnish Air Rescue Society is responsible for the voluntary air rescue operations.

National coordination

The Red Cross is responsible for coordinating Vapepa nationally.
The employee e-mail addresses follow the form firstname.lastname@redcross.fi.

Preparedness coordinator Arsi Veikkolainen

tel. 040 120 9022

  • Coordinating the Voluntary Rescue Service
  • Collaboration with interest groups

Communications officer Ossi Seppälä

tel. 040 664 7779

  • Vapepa communications and media relations
  • The Vapepa website and social media channels
  • Vapepa communications materials
  • Communications training
  • Supporting the communications of the member organisations and volunteers
  • Vapepa-info magazine

Preparedness training planner Taru Hakanen

tel. 040 809 7370

  • Planning the Vapepa basic course and the search and rescue and communications trainings
  • Vapepa trainer and leader training
  • Matters related to the Virve communications network
  • Matters related to OHTO

Preparedness planner Melinda Palomaa

tel. 040 072 4663

  • Developing primary care operations and planning trainings

Psychosocial support planner Tuula Luoma

tel. 0400 458 369

  • Developing emotional support operations and planning trainings

Project planner Heta Hyvärinen

tel. 040 191 3393

  • Oil spill -project

You can also contact the Vapepa central commission and the chairperson Kari Välimäki via the central office of the Finnish Red Cross. The postal address of the central office is Finnish Red Cross, PL 168, 00141 Helsinki.

Regional coordination

The preparedness leaders of the Finnish Red Cross districts are responsible for the regional co-operation of the Vapepa organisations and for supporting the volunteers in emergency teams around Finland. The e-mail addresses of the preparedness leaders follow the form firstname.lastname@redcross.fi.

Helsinki and Uusimaa
Jarmo Hollstein
tel. 0400 465 162

Häme
Tommi Mattila
p. 040 5895 780

Kaakkois-Suomi
Eila Siira
tel. 0400 965 407

Lappi
Annikki von Pandy
tel. 0400 391868

Länsi-Suomi
Aki Valonen
tel. 040 528 0902

Oulu
Päivi Jurvakainen
tel. 040 522 4696

Satakunta
Kari Petäjä
tel. 0400 322 191

Savo-Karjala
Mika Korppinen
tel. 0400 648268

Varsinais-Suomi
Tommi Virtanen
tel. 0400 127 152

Åboland
Annalena Sjöblom
tel. 0400 838 675

Åland
Olof Collin
tel. 040 675 8455

Österbotten
Rolf Sund
tel. 0400 263448