Contingency Management

Contingency Management is all about being prepared, and the department oversee a number of areas, which concern the security of citizens and society’s measures against accidents and disasters.


Tragic events involving explosives, such as accidents and terrorist activities, underline the need for the management and control of import, storage, distribution, and the use of explosives. This is achieved through exclusive licensing for their import, storage and distribution, as well as a controlled issue of permits for their use. The Government of Greenland also participates in providing information to users in order to ensure that they understand the rules in this area and to increase safety.

In collaboration with the police, announced and unannounced inspections are carried out at explosives magazines and construction sites where explosives are used. In the event of accidents involving explosives, an assessment of the company involved and of the blasting manager’s qualifications, is carried out.

Violations are reprimanded and, if required, are reported to the police.

Fire service

The Government of Greenland oversees the municipal fire services using unannounced inspections and test drills. The Government of Greenland provides advisory services to municipal fire services related to the Emergency Preparedness Act and daily operations.

The Government of Greenland also participates in the Technical Committee for Fire Training and oversees that the training level within the municipal emergency services personnel corresponds to the risk profile.

Crisis management

In accordance with the Parliament of Greenland Act on Emergency Preparedness, an Emergency Services Commission has been formed in which resources are used for a secretariat function, as well as facilities, including IT equipment. In addition, expenses are defrayed for the administrative implementation of the statutory sector responsibility principle which includes exercises and development in collaboration with the Emergency Services Commission and other related activities.

Emergency Services Commission

The Emergency Services Commission was formed to create the basis for a coordinated response and the application of Greenlandic and national authorities in crisis situations. The Commission is the organisational focal point for crisis management and is responsible for the overall transverse crisis management of crisis situations.

The Emergency Services Commission’s objective is the coordination of measures and resources to ensure that there is the necessary political backing and financial support to operational efforts during a crisis. Members of the Emergency Services Commission must deal with the conditions that authorities at the operational level ask the Commission to rule on. The Emergency Services Commission does not involve itself in the coordination duties of the Police in specific crisis situations.

The Emergency Services Commission serves as a forum for discussions between Greenlandic and Danish authorities and organisations.

The Emergency Services Commission has the mandate to advise and inform the political system, including the Government of Greenland, municipal mayors, and state authorities on matters of emergency.

The Emergency Services Commission consists of 7 permanent members and 3 appointed officials who represent the Greenlandic and Danish authorities.

Caseworkers for Contingency Management and The Emergency Services Commission are as follows: