Rescue College


The Rescue College of the EASS – an active member of European Fire Service Colleges’ Association (EFSCA).

The Rescue College of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences is located in Tallinn and Väike-Maarja, and it provides a thorough preparation for future rescue workers. There are both vocational education and professional higher education curricula.


Vocational education specialities:

  • rescue unit leader
  • rescuer
  • call taker
  • dispatcher


Professional higher education

In professional higher education, there is a 3-year curriculum for the speciality of rescue service. The students of the speciality acquire the knowledge of rescue management, crisis management, monitoring of fire safety and prevention in the field of rescue work. Those acquiring higher education in the speciality of rescue service, can later work in the Rescue Board in the fields of fire safety supervision, crisis management and operational service, or in the Emergency Response Centre.


Partners in Estonia and foreign countries

The College’s main domestic cooperation partners are the Rescue Board and the Emergency Response Centre. We also cooperate actively with:

  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Police and Border Guard Board
  • Defence Forces
  • Estonian Navy
  • Ämari Air Base
  • Tallinn Airport Rescue Service

The foreign partners of the Rescue College are: the Emergency Services College of Kuopio, Finland; Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw, Poland; Berlin Fire and Rescue Academy, Germany. Similarly, we cooperate with the schools providing rescue training in Latvia, Lithuania.




Within Estonia, good interaction has been developed with the Rescue Board, the Regional Rescue Centres, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Centre and Tallinn University of Technology.


Additional trainings at the Rescue College

  • technical rescue
  • smoke diving
  • hazardous material
  • first aid
  • fire safety
  • emergency drive
  • etc.

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Lecturers of the College contribute to the Kosovan Twinning project which develops the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety. In cooperation with Swedish and Danish rescue agencies, a team management training is organised within the framework of the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism Training Programme. Within the framework of the same programme, the college has also organised several large-scale Modex exercises.

As a result of international cooperation, a series of collaborative exercises "Siren" have been conducted for many years. These exercises enable our students to practice for disasters and save people in conditions that are close to reality. The exercise is conducted in cooperation with the students of the Police and Border Guard College and health care colleges. Foreigners from the rescue field also take part in the exercise.

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