To celebrate opening of new firefighter’s depot at 13 th , Jaunpils Street, at day of celebration we presented exhibition “Second firefighters division then and now”. It is about history of Riga city second firefighters division. At turn of 20 th century, the firefighting service was rapidly developing in Riga city. Between 1886 and 1902, according to the projects of Riga's chief architect Reinhold Schmolling, four depots were built. One of them in Akmeņu Street, 17 th , and it acted as home depot to Riga city second firefighters division for last century until the spring of 2019, when second division moved to new home at Jaunpils street. The new depot was commissioned by Ministry of Interior, project developed by Company “Komunālprojekts” and construction work was carried out by construction company “Skonto būve”. For now, this depot is first in Riga city and seventh in Latvia, which built in this century. We wish that new home brings, luck, happiness, new ideas and challenges to people working there.
The book “Unknown History” dedicated to the Chernobyl NPP accident liquidation workers from Latvia, published in the Republic of Poland
At 11 th of June, in our museum Dr. Pawel Sekula , lecturer at the Polish University of Krakow Yagiellonsk, presented his new book “Unknown History” which is dedicated to liquidators of Chernobyl’s disasters. One of presentation attendees was Gunars Opmanis , who was in time of disaster, squad Commander of Chemical and radiation reconnaissance of the Baltic Civil Defense regiment. Book originally published in Polish but currently been translated to become available to a wide range of readers in the world. The book created with the help of the liquidator of the Chernobyl NPP disaster and support of our museum. It’s give a real satisfaction to see this deep and thorough study by a foreign author and the opening of a new page of history, so that future generations can truly be proud of the contribution by their compatriots to limiting the consequences of a global accident. Our thanks, appreciation and further successes to Dr. Pavel Sekula for further exploration and perpetuation of less known history events!
Photo exhibition of Riga Style and Fashion Technical college "photographer" and "photo design specialist" programs students – "Jugla in seasons"
30.05.−31.07.2019. The Latvian Fire Museum for the second year has been exhibiting creative works of Riga Style and Fashion College students, promoting the pupils’ awareness of the responsibility for the work they are doing and importance of creative expression in society. The theme of this year is the magic of the seasons. The everyday life in Riga district Jugla (where Riga Style and Fashion Technical College is located). Exact viewpoint of place in different seasons. As far as possible, the pupils of the school learn creatively by mastering their technical skills and show them in the practical lessons. Teacher of RSFT college − Linda Ratuta. The exhibition is a wonderful contribution to the celebration of 100th anniversary of Latvia, the exhibition should be interesting not only for Jugla residents, but also for anyone interested. The purpose of exhibitions is to continuing of the creative style of the Riga Style and Fashion Technique and Latvian Fire Museum promotes the development of a youth taste in culture, safety and beauty through purposeful, useful and creative organization of their free time…
On Saturday, May 18 th , the day after the Day of the Firefighters and Rescuers, in solidarity with the other museums of the European Union, the Museum Night 2019 took place in our museum. From 19.00 to 01.00, visitors was able to visit museum free of charge and to get acquainted with the most modern fire-fighting and rescue equipment.
On 26th April in P.Stradins University Clinical Hospital at the monument of victims of Chernobyl memorial undertaking dedicated to 33th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear accident, organized by Latvian society „Chernobyl” took place. Later Ministry of Interior in ceremony gave to people, who worked to disaster effect liquidation, Ministry of interior memorial medal, devoted to Chernobyl’s disaster effects liquidation.
From 26 April to 10 May in Jelgava City Municipality Department of Society Integration (Skolotāju street 8, Jelgava) viewable movable exhibition of Latvian Fire-fighting Museum “ WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU !”, dedicated to participants of Chernobyl nuclear accident rescue works.
On Wednesday, 17 th of April, in remembrance of Chernobyl’s nuclear power station disaster our museum opened Hall of Fame dedicated to 33 anniversary of Chernobyl’s disaster liquidation works and people who worked there. Attendees of gallery opening was welcomed by Ex-president of Latvia and member of Chernobyl’s disaster liquidation works Valdis Zatlers, Chief of State Fire and Rescue Service General Oskars Abolins, President of Chernobyl Union Arnolds Vērzemnieks and Vice President of Chernobyl Union the highest award “the Union of Honor” Maris Shops. Awards were given to officials and activists for their contribution to the implementation of social security, health care and other major support measures for members involved in emergency response of Chernobyl’s disaster. After award ceremony, mayors of city’s Līvani and Aizkraukle addressed and welcomed those present. The participants of the event took a photo together in the historical Fire Square at Hanzas Street 5 and Board of the Chernobyl Union of the Republic of Latvia Vladimir Cenkura opened, personal photo exhibition “Trip from Latvia to Russian Cities”.
Photo exhibition of the board member of Latvian "Chernobyl" Union Vladimir Cenkurs "Travels through Latvian and Russian cities"
11.04. − 18.05.2019. At 17 th of April, 15:00 In Latvian Firefighting museum, Vladimir Cenkur, board member of Latvian Union “Černobiļa”, will open photo exhibition “Travels through Latvian and Russian cities”. This exhibition dedicated to Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance days event at our museum. Author of this exhibition Vladimir Cenkurs was born in Estonia. He graduated from the Moscow State University. He worked in leading positions in construction organizations of former Soviet Republics. He discovered photography in school days. However, his passion for photography grew intensively after the tragedy at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. He participated in liquidation of the consequences of Chernobyl NPP accident. For his great deeds, he was awarded with a number of honorary diplomas, memorable signs and medals. Over the past 15 years, he arranged four personal photo exhibitions, recorded a lot of material about the Chernobyl disaster and the events held annually by the Latvian Society “Chernobyl”. Overall, he has presented his friends and colleagues with more than 1500 photographs. He is a citizen and patriot of his country; he stands for what he believes in. Member of the Board of "Chernobyl" Union since 2010. Currently he lives in Livani (town in Latvia). Pensioner. Photo exhibition – photos taken from photo record of members of Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster liquidation works group, from theirrecreational travel Riga – St. Petersburg. Their travels took them through cities like Pskov, Pechory, St. Petersburg, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Petergof and Gatchina. The main goal of this photo exhibition is to introduce viewers with old city’s architecture, cultural and historical heritage, noteworthy places, city everyday life and natural beauty of our neighbour country Russia and with Latvian festivals.Latvia in photos - landscape, birds, Līvani city festival and Daugavpils church.
This 22 nd of March, Head of the Civil Security Supervision Department of the Emergency Service of the Georgian Ministry of the Interior Colonel Roin Varshanidz and Head of the National Reserve and Civil Protection Agency Zaza Pantsulai visited our museum. Thanks to this visit agreement been reached on establishing contacts between us and Georgia's Fire Museum and information exchange in the field of fire history research.
In 1979, not long after opening of our museum, from Anna Zvilna we received her father’s old wall clock. Riga Patrimonial Firefighting Societies gave this clock to him in 1925, but after long working life clock’s heart stopped working and last 40 year this clock worked no more. Two month ago, Anatolijs Skorobogatskis radio engineer and on-duty communications engineer in Firefighting service Central Firefighting communication divisions at Hanzas street 5, visited our museum and gladly took on challenge to bring this old clock, back to life. As it is his hobby, reconstruction of old clock. At 21 st of March clock recovered his heart back in working order and been filling our Brandmaster room with soothing clock ticking. In our museum and visitor name we sincerely say thank to Anatolis Skorobogatskis for his an unselfish contribution to improving the authenticity of the museum's offer!