Increasing fire safety in Estonia

Project completed

The project aims at increasing the fire safety of 24-hour social welfare and health care institutions, which are over 200 nursing homes and hospitals. To achieve this goal the fire safety requirements for these buildings are prepared, manuals drafted and the staff of these establishments is trained.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Estonia
Enhanced security and safety
Managing natural disasters and emergency situations
15.10.2010 - 31.08.2014
CHF 1'390'431

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

Altogether there are over 200 hospitals and nursing homes in Estonia. Most of them are still situated in buildings that are not built for this purpose. Neither fire safety requirements are in place, nor does staff have manuals how to act in case of emergencies. To avoid fire disasters in Estonian nursing homes and hospitals, the Ministry of Interior together with fire safety and health service institutions, decided to work out respective fire safety requirements, which now will be implemented.

Objectives

The project shall improve fire safety conditions in nursing homes and hospitals. This goal shall be achieved through identifying fire safety risks, increasing the ability of staff to respond adequately to fire emergencies, drafting guidelines for the
implementation of fire safety legislation and the provision of special tools to facilitate quick evacuation of clients of nursing homes and hospitals.

Target groups

Clients, employees and visitors of hospitals and nursing homes

Activities

Within the projects, fire safety risks will be identified, fire safety requirements and a comprehensive training system prepared, fire safety experts trained, guidelines for implementing fire safety installations and equipment drafted, construction design standards drafted, evacuation material provided and individual proposals to reduce fire safety risks submitted.

Results

Achieved results:  

 

  • 1000 rescue shets and 200 non-combustible bed textiles in 175 hospitals and nursing homes ensure a quick and safe evacuation of patients
  • Fire risk assessment methodologies developed
  • Analysis on capability between construction standards and fire safety requirements completed
  • E-learning platform on fire-safety issues has been developed and is operational


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North


Other partners

Intermediate Body: Ministry of Interior; Executing Agency: Estonian Rescue Board

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'390'431 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'352'453
Project phases

Phase 1 15.10.2010 - 31.08.2014   (Completed)