– Many gongs it says about life, about time, and it says about the safety of the crew.
That is the opinion of Bente Asphaug, daily leader of the Voluntary Organizations’ Rescue Professional Forum (FORF), the umbrella organization for all the voluntary rescue organizations.
In Norway, there are around 10,000 volunteers who participate in rescue operations, whether it is avalanches, quick clay landslides or other incidents where life is at stake.
Almost half of all these, 4500, do not have naudnet terminals, which means that they can not communicate with naudetatane.
– We can not guarantee that the crew that is out and making discoveries on search operations has a naud network and can start important communication with AMK and other naudatatar, says Vegard Eidissen Linbæk.
He is a camper for Norwegian People’s Aid Sanitet. They have a critical shortage of 400 terminals.
Smaller terminals, smaller volunteers
On a national basis, there is a critical shortage of 1,400 terminals, which creates consequences for emergency preparedness in the country.
– We have volunteers today who are trained and ready to be operational, but they do not have emergency network terminals which in turn means that we can not use the resources in the rescue service, says Asphaug.
With more extreme weather, precipitation and more tourists, the assignments have become more and more demanding in recent years, according to Asphaug.
– We line up with volunteers all year round, around the clock, regardless of the weather. The least the public sector can do is cover the costs of new terminals. Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of the public sector, says Asphaug.
– Great expectations
The Gjensidige Foundation has given NOK 10 million to new terminals, but NOK 22 million is missing. In addition, there are subscription costs that the voluntary organizations can not afford to take, according to Asphaug.
Both the Labor Party and the Center Party supported an increase in nautnet subscriptions during the previous parliamentary term.
– When the government we have today was in opposition, they pointed out that there was not enough investment in the emergency network for the volunteers. Now they are in position, so now we have high expectations for them to deliver, says Eidissen Lindbæk.
But there is no indication that they will upgrade their preparedness through the volunteers.
– They do a very important job, and I know the need for terminals. We will start the budget process for 2023, and it will be natural for me to include needs and input, says Minister of Justice and Emergency Management, Emilie Enger Mehl (Sp).
She promises no increase or new terminals for the volunteers, and points to large investment costs and operating costs.
– Therefore, we must look at the total use of resources in this question, says Mehl.