The Government of Yukon’s Wildland Fire Management Branch is sending two wildfire officials to Finland, to participate in a Scandinavian emergency services conference.
The Yukon representatives will be presenting on wildfire management in the Yukon to strengthen the perspectives of attendees on wildfire management in northern climates. Topics will include the Yukon’s expertise in wildland fire incident management, use of prescribed fire and cultural fire, tactical and strategic fire use to fight wildfires, wildfire impacts and partnerships with Yukon First Nations.
The conference theme is Future of the Fire and Rescue Services in the Arctic Region. It is being hosted in Rovaniemi, Finland, by ArcResc, a Finnish project that promotes international cooperation in the field of rescue services in the Arctic region and shares knowledge and develops performance of rescue operations.
The Yukon government delegation includes Wildfire Risk Management Specialist Doug Cote and Manager of Operations, Incident Management Carl Cibart.
Yukoners are very proud of our wildland fire management team. Our representatives, in Finland, have a valuable opportunity to share their expertise with other northern emergency response agencies and learn from them in return. The Yukon government is committed to building pan-Arctic relationships in the vital area of emergency response.
Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn
ArcResc is a two-year project of the Finland government focusing on: Arctic environment and disaster scenarios; rescue services in the Arctic; forest fires and wildfires; Indigenous people; climate change related issues; and international and cross-border cooperation.
The ArcResc conference is being held in Rovaniemi, Finland from September 27 to 29, 2023.