Host Nation Support training project


Host Nation Support – A project for developing a national training module and educational materials (HNS 2)

Host Nation Support (HNS) related to receiving international assistance is a central part of coordination efforts related to combating large-scale threats, the preparedness of rescue services and operational readiness during disasters.

The starting point for the project is to enhance knowledge and awareness in relation to host nation support in Finland. A broader knowledge base will ensure better preparedness for the development of HNS approaches. The aim of the project is to implement a uniform and high-quality training module and produce educational material. The project takes into account the needs of the rescue services as well as voluntary and other organisations.

The project is part of the joint research and development project regarding the regional preparation of rescue services carried out by the Ministry of the Interior.

Project goals and output

The aim of the project is to implement the national training module regarding the approach for receiving international assistance.

Additionally, the aim is to produce training material to support the implementation of the approach and the training module by utilising the pedagogical know-how of the Emergency Services Academy Finland and the Finnish National Rescue Association as well as existing online learning platforms, such as Koulumaali.

The object of the project is to produce material for training and self-learning and course and workshop modules, taking into account the continued activity also after the project. During the project, a pilot will be implemented that will include two training events, one workshop and online training.

Duration and budget

The project will run from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the funding of the project.

The overall budget for the project is EUR 249,000.

Project partners

Project organiser: Southwest Finland Emergency Services / City of Turku

Other partners:

Emergency Services Academy Finland
The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK)