´Safety 2008´ SET Sept. 6th, 2008 in Finland Dr. Seppo Sisättö OH1VR EmCom Coordinator of the IARU R1 Friedrichshafen June 26th, 2008

´Safety 2008´
SET Sept. 6th, 2008 in Finland
Dr. Seppo Sisättö OH1VR
EmCom Coordinator of the IARU R1
Friedrichshafen June 26th, 2008
This is Finland
5,3 M inhabitants
more than 400 counties
abt. 1200 km from south to north
5000 Amateur Radio Operators
No big natural disasters – so far
big fires, accidents, searching..
to build up a two-way independent
national communication network
to add the preparedness of Amateur
Radio Operators in the case of
to create a base for more
permanent cooperation with
This is Safety 2003 HQ..
And the minister replies..
What we learned in Safety 2003
In general Safety 2003 was a
National HQ operated well from the
point of view of follow up – BUT
there was a traffic jam towards HQ
Communication at a local level was a
We need more practice in handling
messages to avoid traffic jams
Conclusions 1
Amateur Radio Operators have the
skills and equipment to build up an
independent two-way network that
covers the whole country,
Amateur Radio Operators have the
skills to take care of communication
in this network
Conclusions 2
3) Amateur radio equipment provides
effective tools for emergency
4) Safety 2003 was a success – there
are good reasons to continue in a
few years. Safety 2008 is this next
step. Regional exercises in between
are possible,
Conclusions 3
5) Safety 2003 effectively
demonstrated to authorities the
power of Amateur Radio in
emergency communications – a new
national capacity was ‘found’.
For many Amateur Radio Operators
Safety 2003 meant many personal
sacrifices – also economical
Conclusions 4
6) We learned that Finnish Authorities
are ready for more active
7) During Safety 2003, we tested a
new national rescue area system 6
months before its official start.
Regional Comments 1
Radio Amateur Operators valued
having time for preparations – over
one year. Participants were active in
training and planning. Many clubs
got ´a new life´. Safety 2003
information covered the needs
of the participants well.
Regional Comments 2
There were also problems: The Regional
Heads were too often alone with their
responsibilities. They had a lot of work to
do, a limited amount of free time and
especially they made economical
sacrifices. They also were responsible for
the recruiting process of the participants.
There were problematic regions. The
bureaucracy of message handling created
difficult situations
Conclusions of the regional
Regional Heads found that their
regional network functioned as
expected and also message handling
succeeded in many areas. Many said
that everything worked as they had
planned it beforehand.
Excellent media coverage was a big
thing for everybody who participated
Our biggest problem
The biggest problem of Safety 2003
was the traffic jam between the
National HQ and Regional HQs (23)
The Organization of Safety 2008
Steering Group
10 members
22 Rescue areas plus
Aland Is.
23 Regional Heads
Planning group for
Technics and Freqs
Planning group for
Message handling
Radio Network of Safety 2008
National HQ
in Ikaalinen
23 regional
Cell HQs
2-8 per region
Number of Radio Stations
about 450
Principles of the Organization
National Steering Group decides all
basic practices of the exercise
Regions have full responsibility for
their areas
Communication between all levels is
a key issue
Own web site is an important tool
Responsibilities of the regional
He is a Director of his region. He answers
to the National Steering Group (NSG) and
ensures that all happens as ordered
He is a spokesman of his region towards
He recruits all operators and is a controller
of preparations in his region
He works in cooperation – if needed – with
other regions
Steps of the preparations
1. Meeting in Kuopio 13.10.07
Participation in GlobalSETs 11.11.07
and 3.5.08
National Convention of SRAL 11/07
2. Meeting in Kuopio 15.3.08
Field Camp of the SRAL July 10-13th
Local Club meetings where
somebody from the NSG acts as a
What after Safety 2008?
We will have a tested emcomm
Monthly tests between regional HQs
More information on what to do next
New, better relations with authorities
on the regional and national level
Thank you!
[email protected]
+358-050-360 2600

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