Switch to half-voluntary rescue probable
The Rescue Board is on course to present proposals of how to reform Estonia's professional rescue system that is sinking deeper into deficit. It is probable Estonia will switch to half-voluntary rescue in 2-7 years. While volunteers are ready, the board remains skeptical.
07.04.2017, Oliver KundPM
Two men die in grain elevator accident in Tartu
On Friday morning three workers were trapped in grain in an elevator of the grain processing company Tartu Mill in Estonia's second-largest city of Tartu as a result of which two men died.
Estonian police snipers destroy WWII-era shells
For the first time ever, Estonia used police snipers on Tuesday to render harmless pieces of ammunition from the period of World War II.
Stage builder: absolute anarchy allowed
The total lack of rules in Estonia allows any ignoramus to be in the business of creating contraptions as platforms for public events, says Event Center project manager Margus Jaago operating here and in Finland.
26.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Death lurking at summer events
In Estonia, outdoor stage platforms for summer events are erected in the hope that nothing happens. Builders say rules and supervision are totally lacking. A narrow circle of stage makers are fearful that a grander repeat of the Tartu trampoline tragedy is just a matter of time.
26.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonian state to make waves by training every child into swimmer
International fame of Estonia may not remain limited to teaching programming in preschool if four ministries manage to pull off the following: by age of ten, teaching all children to swim decently. At that, the measurements would be among Europe's meanest.
02.03.2016, Oliver KundPM
Action awarded for souls saved
Yesterday, 21 people were decorated with Lifesaver Medals by interior minister Hanno Pevkur and Rescue Board director-general Kuno Tammearu. Those honoured included 13 Rescue Board staff, one beach guard, and six private persons including an Australian.
17.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: false alarms of systemic order
Though increasingly used and vital considering the ever dearer human labour, automatic alarm systems need to possess this simple distinctive quality – they must work, technically and system-wise.
Firemen fed up with false alarms
Enough, says Rescue Board: on 98 percent of occasions, yearly, automatic fire signalisations in Estonia trigger false alarms. Hundreds of working hours are wasted while investigations into reasons will often – surprise, surprise – lead to maintenance firms.
18.06.2015, Oliver KundPM
Finnish, Estonian rescuers' Nepal mission canceled
The Finnish Interior Ministry has decided to cancel the Finnish rescue team's mission to Nepal and in connection with this Estonian rescuers will not be flying to Nepal either.
Estonian swim skills short to save life
Estonia has swimming skills absolutely undefined. All we have is a curriculum prescribing that, on basic level, an individual is to keep swimming at any chosen style for 25 metres running. Experts say that’s not enough.
07.04.2015, Rivo VeskiPM
Grim Reaper kept busy by ignorance and negligence
As compared to rest of Europe, Estonia loses way too many lives due to injuries. Having studied the causes, Government Office strategy bureau adviser Maris Leimann says the state should deal with changing people’s attitudes – thus, many deaths would not be.
26.02.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: all rules kept. All wrong
It’s not just what we do, it’s what we don’t that has consequences. With the tragic fire on the opening day of the year, in Laekvere, Lääne-Viru County, both came into play. Both to our shame, as society.
Rescue Board head: leaving Laekvere family without electricity was irresponsible
Rescue Board director-general Kuno Tammearu deems it irresponsible that electricity had been switched off in the house at Rohu village, Laekvere, Lääne-Viru County where a mother (33) perished in fire with two young children – boys aged five and two – on January 1st.
12.01.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Number of drowning deaths in Estonia moved up in 2014
The number of human lives lost as a result of drowning in Estonia jumped to 69 in 2014 from 56 in 2013.
Number of fire deaths jumps by 7 to 54
In all 54 people lost their lives in fires in Estonia during 2014, seven more than in the year before, tentative figures available from the Rescue Board show.
Fire kills mother, 2 children in NE Estonia
A woman and her two children died in a fire that burned down a home in Rohu village in the territory of the Laekvere rural municipality in northeastern Estonia on Friday morning.
Four men die in fire in Tartu County
Four men died when a house they had been drinking alcohol in caught fire in the southern Tartu County on the night between Wednesday and Thursday, the Estonian Rescue Board said.
During Obama visit, the wise will walk
Better not take a car to Tallinn city centre next Wednesday.
28.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian Air plane luckily lands on flat tyre
At 8:24 pm yesterday, Estonian Air flight OV473 featuring a torn tyre performed precautionary landing in Tallinn.
15.08.2014, Toomas RandloPM
legal committee chief predicts unanimous endorsement for Tammearu
The chairman of the Estonian parliament's legal affairs committee, Marko Pomerants, says that Kuno Tammearu is likely to be endorsed for the job of director general of the Rescue Board by consensus when he appears before the panel Monday.
Estonian Rescue Board agrees to participate in alternative service
The Estonian Defense Ministry and Rescue Board discussed the possibility of doing alternative service in the rescue system and the latter agreed to accept persons in alternative service on the condition that conscripts who for some reason are unable to serve in the defense forces meet certain requirements and undergo training, the daily Postimees reports.