• NouHätä! is a rescue and fire safety skills education campaign for eight graders (15-y.o.)
  • 2018-19 campaign marked the 23rd year in succession
  • Campaign is organized in co-operation by schools and rescue services
  • Schools organize 1-3 lessons of safety education with or without the rescue department
  • Campaign also includes a three level competition which is optional
  • NouHätä!-campaign runs through the school year from autumn till spring


  • Main topics
    • Fire prevention
    • Emergency exit
    • First hand extinguishing
    • Do not set a fire/arsons
    • First Aid
  • Organizers
    • Upper elementary schools
    • Regional rescue departments
    • Regional rescue associations
  • Electronic and virtual learning and teaching materials at


  • After lessons schools may form teams of three which will compete in the championship of rescue and fire safety skills
  • Regional rescue department organizes a heat competition in communal level
  • Best teams go to the regional competitions operated by the regional rescue associations and rescue departments
  • Best teams from the regional competitions continue to the ”Grande Finale” at the Emergency Services College in Kuopio


  • The campaign is coordinated by The Finnish National Rescue Association together with the campaigns steering group
  • Steering group
    • Finnish National Rescue Association SPEK
    • Finnish Board of Education
    • Ministry of Interior
    • Rescue departments
    • Regional rescue associations
    • The Finnish Association of Fire Chiefs
    • Teachers representative
  • Financed by Fire Protection Fund


  • 524 schools participated in 2018
    • 72 % of upper elementary schools in Finland
  • 44.000 pupils participated nation wide
    • 70 % of eight graders