South Ostrobothnia Rescue Department

The South Ostrobothnia Rescue Department is one of Finland’s 22 regional rescue departments.

The area’s rescue services include:

  • maintaining a rescue service system for rescue tasks
  • providing information and advice in the field of rescue services and acting as an expert in matters regarding rescue services
  • ensuring the prevention of accidents and limitation of damages as well as fire inspections, which are the responsibilities of the rescue service authorities
  • carrying out tasks belonging to rescue services
  • contributing on their part to the tasks of civil protection and maintaining their required preparedness
  • coordinating the operations of various authorities and other bodies involved in the rescue operations
  • training emergency services personnel on their part.

Our region includes 18 municipalities: Seinäjoki, Alajärvi, Alavus, Evijärvi, Ilmajoki, Isojoki, Isokyrö, Karijoki, Kauhajoki, Kauhava, Kuortane, Kurikka, Lappajärvi, Lapua, Soini, Teuva, Vimpeli, Ähtäri.
The South Ostrobothnia Rescue Department is a public utility of the city of Seinäjoki. The Rescue Department is lead by Harri Setälä, CEO of rescue services.
The South Ostrobothnia Rescue Department has 31 fire stations, 120 full-time employees and about 820 volunteer contractors.