The structure of the training
On the basic-level Vapepa course, you receive the skills you need to work as a volunteer in an emergency team. On the search and rescue course, you will learn the search methods needed when looking for a missing person; on the communications course, you will learn how to use a radiophone and other communications devices; and on the primary care basic course, you will learn how to aid people after an incident.
On the basic Vapepa course, you will receive basic information of what Vapepa is and how we support the authorities.
You can apply the skills learned on the basic courses in practice by participating in Vapepa drills and emergency situations. The drills are often organised in collaboration with the authorities, and their aim is to teach various emergency teams to work together.
After joining an emergency team, you will receive information about emergencies from the volunteer preparedness duty worker. However, it is up to you to decide if you want to participate in the operation.
Regional advanced training
After the basic courses, you can further improve your skills in regional advanced training. On the functional courses, you will learn more about leadership and co-operation with the authorities, among other things.Search advanced training near you
National advanced training
As you gain more experience, your skills could be useful for the other volunteers, as well. You can train to become a Vapepa leader, who leads the team of volunteers during emergencies, or a preparedness trainer, who offers basic courses for new volunteers.Search national advanced training