12.12.2019.−12.02.2020. Latvian Firefighting museum Hanzas 5, Riga. Margarita, author of exposition, studies third year in Latvian Culture College and this is her first persona photo exhibition. Exhibitions theme, firefighters and their work, came to her in moment when she passed one of Riga city firefighters depot. Margarita speaking about days she joined, Riga city second firefighters division. “Before first day, I felt a bit stressful. Asked myself if they accept me, won’t I interfere with their job? However, in end of day, stress was gone and I even did not want to leave. Every time I visited second division, firefighters where open, friendly and happy to work together.” Author’s main goal, for this project, was to learn about firefighter’s workday and time between calls and show her experiences through photos. Our museum, wishes to Margarita, success with her first exhibition and possibilities to express creative potential in other ways too.
Following the semi-finals of competition “Look after fire” at the Latvian Firefighting Museum on December 4, the College of Fire and Civil Defense held the final, where school teams fought for first place. In the finals, teams competed in first aid knowledge, demonstrating team spirit, orienteering skills, and other skills as part of everyday safety. Third place winners, Riga 88 Secondary Schools 4th grade team, second place - Riga Kengarags Secondary School and winners of first place Riga 34th Secondary School 4th grade team. Congratulations to the best!
This 26 th and 28 th November, our museum hosts annual 4th grader competitions "Watch the Fire" the semi-finals. Organized by the Riga City Councils Children's Youth Center "Daugmale", our Museum and the Fire and Civil Defence College. As part of the competition, school team’s presents their homework, complete tasks about basic safety, demonstrate skills and abilities to handle dangerous situations. The final will happen at the College of Fire and Civil Defence, where top six teams will fight for first place. We wish team’s good luck in the race and safety in everyday life!
Our museums exhibition dedicated to remembrance of supermarkets Maxima, at Priedaines street 20s roof collapse reminds about biggest tragedy in Latvias recent history, and one of biggest tragedies in Europe, connected with constructions failure. When roof around 1,500 sq.m.collapsed, killing 54 people, including 3 firefighters and injuring dozens more. 493 firefighters and rescuers carried out the rescue work for four days, 25 emergency medical service brigades assisted the victims and they family’s. as well as 309 Riga Municipal Police officers with 60 specialised vehicles and dozens of National Armed Forces military personnel. Let us not forget the lost, let us live and work, so that common sense wins and such misfortune never hits us!
Dear visitor! 17 th and 18 th of November museum is close, sorry for the inconvenience! Yours – Latvian Fire-fighting Museum
New Fire Safety Regulations states that, from first of January 2020, every household required to install an autonomous fire detector. To inform public about that, at 2nd of November our museum, held informational event as part of the National Fire and Rescue Service's information campaign "Save Life - Install Smoke Detectors". Participants was able to spend time in a fun and engaging way by taking part in contest, learning correct why how to act in extreme situations, meet firefighters, learn about their work and equipment they use. After finishing visit in our museum, successful contestants received useful souvenirs, but we believe winners of event was undoubtedly every active participant, who learned something new at this event.
08.10 - 8.11.2019 In our lifetime we often get in situations that can be threatening to us. That why even from young age our parents, society, and the state protect us, teach use and if needed punish us for our relentless attitude to our self or others. Everyday risks sometimes endanger the life and health given us by our ancestors and parents. These fundamental values of life protected by the state through many institutions, including our Museum. Our mission is to safety and security trough public education. That’s why from 8 th of October we offer for you to see new photo exhibition “For safe life”. Made by our museum senior specialist from firefighting research and education department Georgijs Jemeļjānovs, and a veteran of the State Fire and Rescue Service Vladimirs Gāgas. In photos they try to show you every days life and safety interconnections, trough wonderful everyday moments, that happens around us. Photo Georgijs Jemeljanovs
For last 20 years, each September we visit Ainažu Firefighting museum and bring new exposition. This year in connection to Latvia’s 100-year anniversary, exhibition dedicated to last 100 years of Latvian Fire Fighting service. Yesterdays, September of 23 rd , our visit felt a bit special, because new Ainažu museum director Sarmīte Vilde. With experience, working as a museum educator at Limbaži History Museum, she is excellent addition to Ainažu museum. As well as there is new director to Ainažu voluntary firefighter team, experienced firefighter - Normunds Zēģelis. To museum visitors, you have possibility not only explore museum exposition but visit Ainažu voluntary firefighter teams’ depo. N.Zegelis, usually himself shows equipment and machinery that used buy voluntary firefighters and can answer to all your questions about firefighting and firefighter’s job in general. We are proud with the Ainažu Fire Museum, as a partner and for all the work they put in education, culture, and security works of Vidzeme region, we wish the museum successfully pass the waves of territorial reform and become even more popular to public eye.
From September 8 th - 16 th , in Saratov (Russia), happened Firefighting sport World championship for man and women divisions and junior division for boy and girl groups. Latvian youth team of 6 athletes competing with other 9 teams in their group at discipline “Working with motor pump” won honourable title of World Champions with result: 19.93 sec. Second place went to Kazakhstan team (result: 19.99 sec) and third to Czech Republic team (result: 20.66 sec). We are proudly congratulate the young athletes Patriku Danenbergu- Dambergu, Mārtiņu Lastovski, Danielu Gruntiņu, Jāni Kalniņu, Aleksi Ratenieku and Robertu Špigunu, wishing you further growth and success!