Special rescue

There are a few associations engaged in special rescue in Estonia

In Estonia, some special rescue associations have emerged in the last couple of decades. For example, there are associations dedicated to raising and training water rescue dogs. Another part of the volunteers have trained dogs to search for missing persons and find victims of collapses. In addition to that, there are associations that are engaged in searching for missing persons, and rescue works that require special equipment, for example, descending into the abyss. Those associations which, in addition to firefighting, respond to traffic accidents or have heavy equipment that can help rescue conventional vehicles, can also be classified as special rescue associations.

Prevention work

There are no special rescue prevention works carried out in Estonia yet. Instead, safety recommendations are given to people according to the activity – people going to pick berries in the forest are advised to take along a charged mobile phone, people climbing on outcrops are instructed by mountain climbing clubs, and fishermen going fishing through ice during winter are expected to be fully aware of weather conditions and the thickness of ice.

Rescue work

Special rescuers are involved in rescue work on demand. Regional Police and Rescue Centres have the contacts of special rescuers who, in any case, can be involved in searches or rope rescue. There are currently no statistics on the extent to which specialist rescue services are used in Estonia.

Rescue work

Special rescuers are involved in rescue work on demand. Regional Police and Rescue Centres have the contacts of special rescuers who, in any case, can be involved in searches or rope rescue. There are currently no statistics on the extent to which specialist rescue services are used in Estonia.

Equipment and buildings

Special rescuers use equipment that is almost entirely acquired with the funds of their association. Rescue dog training is the commitment of each dog owner, his/her personal work and effort. The carbines and ropes of rope rescuers are usually acquired with the funds of those rescuers. The equipment is usually stored in their own living premises.