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Punainen Risti Ensiapu

Punainen Risti Ensiapu (Finnish Red Cross First Aid) is part of the preparedness and response framework of the Finnish Red Cross and the whole country. We train first-aiders with the know-how and courage to act in unexpected first aid situations.

Our goal is to have people who can administer first aid in every home and at every workplace.

We are a part of the Finnish Red Cross

Punainen Risti Ensiapu began its operations on 1 September 2017. The company is wholly owned by the Finnish Red Cross, and our activities are governed by the principles of the Red Cross, a code of ethics and the desire to protect life.

The proceeds from the sales of first aid courses, first aid products and safety products go towards the domestic preparedness of the Red Cross for the benefit of all of us living in Finland. By participating in first aid training organised by the Red Cross, you are part of the chain of aid.

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Punainen Risti Ensiapu is divided into two units

At Training Services, we provide paid training in first aid and health information for individuals, communities and companies in accordance with the Red Cross training programmes. We also organise open courses for the general public, customise courses and provide service to our contract clients as well as offer professional qualification training for professional drivers in accordance with EU directives.

We carry out educational cooperation with Red Cross departments across Finland. We sell first aid and safety products in the Red Cross shop.

The Training Programmes are used to maintain, develop and produce the implementation guidelines and training materials for the Red Cross first aid training. We organise basic and continuing training for First Aid Instructors and manage the electronic training and qualification system Competence Admin.

We have more than 700 partner organisations which organise first aid courses in accordance with the Red Cross training programmes across Finland. Our partnership support tends to the needs of our partner organisations as well as first aid instructors.

A first aid instructor stands with their suitcase of first aid training materials.

We operate everywhere in Finland

We are registered in Helsinki, where we also have our largest training facilities. In addition to Helsinki, we have training facilities in several locations in Finland. This enables us to serve our customers across the country.

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The Annual General Meeting and Board of Finnish Red Cross First Aid

The Annual General Meeting is the highest decision-making body of Punainen Risti Ensiapu. It elects the persons nominated by the shareholders as ordinary members of the company’s Board. The Board consists of seven (7) ordinary members and is responsible for the management and operations of the company. The Secretary General of the Finnish Red Cross has the right to be present and speak at Board meetings. The Board of Punainen Risti Ensiapu appoints the CEO, who participates in the meetings of the company’s Board.

The Board of Punainen Risti Ensiapu includes representatives of the owner, i.e. the Finnish Red Cross, consisting of representatives from the Central Office and districts, as well as highly experienced representatives of the health care and business world.

Chair of the Board

  • Elina Piispanen, Board Professional, CEO of Fit Advice Oy

Members of the Board

  • Mika Asikainen, Executive Director, Finnish Red Cross, District of Southeastern Finland
  • Maaret Castrén, Director, HUS
  • Tero Hintsa, Executive Director, Finnish Red Cross, District of Western Finland
  • Kaisa Höijer, Business Director, LocalTapiola
  • Anne Mykkänen, Master of Science in Engineering
  • Päivi Vuorimaa, Executive Director, Finnish Red Cross, Helsinki and Uusimaa district
  • Eero Rämö, Secretary General at the Finnish Red Cross, right to be present and to speak
  • Anne Pellinen, CEO, secretary


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