The 30th of June 2016, Greenland Oil Spill Response participated in the Qassimiuaarneq public debate event in Nuuk to discuss the themes about security and preparedness in Greenland

Managing Director Lonnie Wilms participated the panel discussion on behalf of GOSR along with Head of Contingency for Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq Knud Petersen, Chief of Police in Greenland Bjørn Bay and Lieutenant Commander from Arktisk Kommando Nils Westergaard. Professor Uffe Jakobsen from Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland, was the moderator of the panel.

Based on the new defence-analysis for the Arctic, in which it recommends that the use of volunteering in the Greenlandic security and preparedness area to be increased, the panel gave their insight and stance on the subject.

There was a general agreement among the panel that the Greenlandic population very much would like to help in emergency situations, but they’ve found it hard to organize the volunteering, which is also expressed that both the fire-brigade and Greenland Oil Spill Response is finding it difficult to recruit the amount of volunteers they need for their organisation, it therefore raised concerns among the police, the fire-brigade and Greenland Oil Spill Response that it would make it more difficult to find volunteers for their organisations if a new volunteering organisation would occur.

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