CoSafe News


May 2011

The CoSafe project is closing on the 31 of May, 2011. The homepage will be available for 5 years after project closure (until the summer of 2016).

December 2010

The CoSafe project will have a (final) seminar in Lycksele, Sweden on the 17th of February, 2011. The title for the seminar is “Major accidents in rural areas – experiences and results from the CoSafe project”. If you are working within an organisation dealing with preparedness or management of major incidents and wish participate the seminar (and have not received an invitation), please contact:

Jim Johansson, Project Coordinator

Agenda for the seminar:
Agenda for the seminar in Lycksele on the 17th of February, 2011

November 2010

The results from Questionnarie 1 and 2 as well as a majority of our products and services (fact sheets) are now posted on our homepage.

Questionnarie 1:
Rescue workers perception of handling major accidents in remote and sparsely populated areas

Questionnaire 2:
Preparedness and knowledge of rescue workers in Iceland, Scotland, Finland and Sweden.



News August 2010
The fifth CoSafe workshop will be held in Kuopio, Finland in September. Products and services developed until now will be presented and decision will be taken concerning how to go on with the project. An exhibition to demonstrate products and services will be organized together with another European Union project called COPE, ( During the workshop in Kuopio, we will attend at their final rescue exercise.

The Lead Partner will participate in the Lead Partner Seminar & Annual Conference 2010 in Ireland in September.

The project coordinator is sick. Jim Johansson is the new Project Coordinator,


March 2010


Work shop in Iceland, March 2010. 

The CoSafe project held its 12: th meeting in Iceland, on March 16-19, 2010.

  Teams from Sweden Scotland, Iceland and Finland were represented. The first part of the meeting started with a study visit to the Rescue Center in Reykjavik. The second part of the meeting was held in FSA Hospital, Akureyri. All results from the questionnaires were available and discussed.


The 17:th of March  “AWARENESS OF MOUNTAIN DISASTERS ~RISKS AND RESCUE~” seminar was held at the KEA hotel in Akureyri. This was an international seminar and we had invited another EU Botnia Atlantica project called the Cross-border Mountain rescue, stage 2 (mountain rescue people from Norway and Sweden). The seminar was a huge success with over 80 attendants, representing the projects, the Scottish Mountain Rescue as well as different bodies in Iceland, all related to disaster preparedness.


On 18: th -19: th the ordinary CoSafe workshop continued and each team represented the ongoing work with different products and services. In work package 4 we did a schedule what to go on with and present at next work shop in Kuopio, Finland in September 2010. The meeting ended with study visits in dangerous areas in Iceland where we were told how the weather conditions can affect human security and the environment. We left Iceland the day before the eruption in Eyjafjallajokull, we got out just in time.

January 2010

We are planning our first international seminar on the17: th of March 2010, in Iceland. Our fourth workshop for the CoSafe teams will be held the same week

The international seminar AWARENESS OF MOUNTAIN DISASTERS, ~RISKS AND RESCUE~ will have participants from another European Union project ”Gränsöverskridande fjällräddning etapp 2” (Cross-border mountain rescue, stage two), a Botnia Atlantica project with partners from Sweden and Norway. Mountain rescue people from different countries are invited.

Our products and services are developing and some of them will be presented in Iceland in March and new ideas will be discussed.


Work shop in Stornoway, September 2009. 

The 8th meeting for the CoSafe project took place in Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland on the 22: nd - 24: th, September 2009. Teams from Sweden Scotland, Iceland and Finland were represented.A summary of the work that has been done in the different teams was presented. The aim of this meeting was above all to find out needs identified so far which have to be developed in this project. Shortly you will see some of them presented on the website. Results from the questionnaires will be available late October. Until today there are altogether 225 people that have replied to our questionnaire, hopefully there will be some more before closure October 16.During the meeting we made a visit to the site where the Scottish team has located the scene for the air crash which is one the scenarios we are working with. Also we were invited to a study visit to the MCGA Helicopter and we got information about how the helicopter was working and we got a presentation of Technical Rescue Teams.
The 23:rd we listened to the seminar “Remote & Rural Major Incident Management”. The seminar brought together experts in the field and allowed a transnational dialog on a variety of topics related to management of major accidents in rural areas. The 24:th we concluded on how to go on with products and services. We also got a demonstration of a special stretcher developed for mountain rescue as well as Scottish ambulance service telemedicine communication.In March 2010 we will have our first international seminar in Iceland. To the seminar we have invited the members of the EU-project”Gränsöverskridande fjällräddning etapp 2, a Botnia Atlantica project with partners from Sweden and Norway. Also there are interested people from the Scottish mountain rescue, Greenland and Faeroe Islands will be invited as well.


We will have a new Work shop in Scotland , Stornoway Western Isles, September 22-24,  2009.
One day (September 23) will be Remote & Rural Major Incident Management Conference ’09 – “Lessons Learned”   As you can see there is a CoSafe survey on the website concerning amongst other things clothing and equipment. It is possible  to answer the  survey until September 30.


The 4th meeting for the CoSafe project took place in Oulu, Finland on the February 4-5, 2009.
Twenty five participants attended the meeting (Finland 11, Iceland 3, Scotland 5 and Sweden 6).

A sum up of the work done so far was presented. Each country described their system for disaster planning and how to manage major accidents. The experience from the work with the questionnaire and the three scenarios were presented (WP2).

The Icelandic team will take care of further analysis of the answers (WP3).

The Finnish team has planned their work with WP4 – Gaps? Interesting companies in each country? Special knowledge for training and education?

We visited Rescue helicopter SEPE, FIOH cold laboratory and Emergency Response Centre of North Ostrobothnia and Kainuu.


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