Dear visitor! 18 th of November museum is close, sorry for the inconvenience! Yours – Latvian Fire-fighting Museum
In response to announced emergency measures, from November 9 to December 6, 2020 , Latvian Fire Museum will be accessible only for individuals, except for members of one household. To enter you must wear face masks, use hand disinfection and body temperature will be measured. We will regulate visitors movement in our museum, ensuring that no more than 50% (32 people) of the total possible number of people are in the premises. In our website: www.muzejs.vugd.gov.lv , interested parties can get acquainted with the museum's current events, exhibition annotations, research activities, fragments of the permanent exposition. Let's be disciplined and responsible. Lets protect ourselves and our fellow human beings, and victory over Covid 19 will be ours!
From 30 of September, the thematic exhibition dedicated to 100 years history of firefighting in Latvian will be open to public at state fire and rescue service, Vidzeme region brigades Cēsis division. one of the most beautiful in the country. Together with exhibition you will be able to see unique single-cylinder pump (the only specimen in Latvia) with a double-sided (opposing) piston on a horse-drawn uniaxial sprung, manufactured in 1907 at the factory Langensiefen & Co (German) that was a subsidiary to company from St. Petersburg (Russia). In the future, the exhibition will be regularly updated and such expositions will be gradually expanded to other regions, so that a bigger part of Latvian people outside Riga can get acquainted with the history and development of Latvian fire and rescue service.
We express our deepest condolences to Velta Žerdiņa the first director of our museum with the death of her spouse Vladislav Žerdiņš. Vladislavs Žerdiņš, firefighting veteran, retired lieutenant colone, one of the first Latvian who in 1950s, graduated from the Firefighting Faculty of the Riga Military School, served in fire departments in various positions, educated new firefighters, laid the foundations for the establishment of an operational fire brigade, twice awarded with medal "For bravery in fire". After retirement, he put knowledge, experience, energy and skills into establishing and developing Latvian Fire Museum.
It has become a tradition to open our new thematic exhibitions at the Ainaži Fire Museum every autumn. This time, the exhibition dedicated to heat generating equipment (stoves, boilers, fireplaces, etc.) and the important role of the chimneysweepers. Museums regularly exchange information and experience, a real pleasure for the consistent development of the Ainaži Fire Museum, enriching the exhibition with new exclusive objects, modern demonstration and communication equipment and technologies. Wishing all the best!
Today, September 16, we celebrate veteran, retired lieutenant colonel Visvaldis Voins 92nd birthday. He was one of main biathlon promoter after World War II, member of the Latvian national team in firefighting sports, the first in the USSR and one of three Latvian people who awarded with three "For bravery in fire" medals. In his honour, the well-known artist Valentīna Zeile created a bronze bust in the 1970s. After retiring from the service, V.Voins actively participates in the improvement and development of the Latvian Fire Museum collection, organizes and supports events for firefighting veterans. We wish Visvaldis Voin a lot of happiness, strong health, inexhaustible energy and many years!
Solemn event and exhibition dedicated to the participants of Chernobyl NPP accident consequences liquidations works
On September 10, a solemn event dedicated to members of the Chernobyl NPP accident consequences liquidation works took place at our the museum. During the event, Arnolds Vērzemnieks, President of the Latvia Union “Chernobyl”, informed the audience about the Union activities for last thirty years. Maris Šops, Vice-President of the Chernobyl, gave union’s medals including Orders of Bogdan Khmelnytsky and Golden Stars of the Hero of Ukraine, to people who worked as consequences liquidators and other activists. At the same time, a thematic exhibition dedicated to the long-term activity’s of the Latvian Union “Chernobyl” been opened in the museum and will displayed until the end of 2020.
10.09.2020− 31.12.2020 On September 10, museum will open exhibition dedicated to the 34th anniversary of the world's largest nuclear accident that happened at Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Exhibition depicts social rehabilitation system, honours activists and perpetuating the heroic deeds of the Latvian population in liquidating the consequences of the accident. The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (Ukraine) took place on April 26, 1986, after that the prolonged spread radioactive contaminated parts of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other countries. Significant resources were mobilized to localize the consequences of the accident, more than 800 000 people, including more than 6 000 people of Latvia. Union "Chernobyl" members and guests after the ceremony in Firefighting Museum of Latvia, April 17, 2019
Guntars Šaripo, the head of the Fire Fighting and Rescue department of the SFRS Operational Management Department, gave to museum's item that was found by his acquaintance Natalija Kibisova, She found said item on a Jaunciems forest road, near Ķīšezers. Later discovered to be 20th century Jekabpils volunteer firefighters' membership mark, which has not been in the museum's collection. The museum is grateful to G.Šaripo for his kind attitude towards historical values and regular enrichment of our museum's collection.
In cooperation with the Latvian Union "Chernobyl", the participants of the Chernobyl NPP accidents liquidation works and the Latvian Firefighting Museum, historian, Ph. D. Pawel Sekula wrote book "Chernobyl Liquidators. The Unknown Story With the Testimony of the President of Latvia” depicting the Latvian peoples contribution to the Chernobyl NPP accident liquidation works. Pawel wrote book in English to portray this historical event to wider range of readers. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, unfortunately, the author would not be able to come to the book presentation, but he sent books hard copy by post, it will be present during the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the activities of the Latvian Union "Chernobyl". Exhibition opens on September 10 at 14.00.