Volunteer rescuers

Volunteer rescuers voluntarily participate in rescue or preventive work. Upon agreement with the employer, volunteers can do rescue or preventive work also during working hours.



A volunteer rescuer is an active person knowing the rescue field. They offer their family, neighbour, and community

  • a sense of security;
  • prompt assistance in the event of an accident;
  • an example;
  • correct attitudes and behavioral guidelines.

A volunteer rescuer

  • responds to an accident that occurred in near their residence or another rescue problem;
  • prevents dangerous situations;
  • trains others and increases their awareness of danger.

They are

  • a provider of professional assistance of the Estonian Rescue Board in the event of rescue events and prevention;
  • an active member of the community.

As at 2022, there are 117 volunteer rescue brigades and 3 reserve rescue brigades in Estonia, consisting of 2319 volunteer rescuers!