We are pleased to announce that from 15 th of May (this Friday). The Latvian Fire Fighting Museum will open its doors to visitors. According to security requirements, the museum will be able to accommodate up to 25 visitors at a time, group tours for up to 10 people. It’s mandatory to strictly maintaining a distance of 2 meters between visitors during the visit, without crowding, unless the persons live in the same household. People with signs of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) please do not visit the museum, but contact your family doctor. Let us observe public safety on a daily basis and defeat the virus in an organized way! Visitors welcome to our museum!
On Wednesday, 13 th of May, State Fire and Rescue Service call centredispatchers, who starts their service, took a solemn oath in our museums Hall of Fame. The efficiency of structural units at the scene depends, at large extent, to communication skills, psychological resilience and competence of the new officials. To young women we wish to have successful service!
In recent years the collection of our Museum has been supplemented with valuable and rare items from the beginning of the last century, which were once used by known firefighters or association of firefighters. Valuable photographs with descriptions made by Riga city volunteer firefighters groups veterans in 1913-1932. Dated documents, volunteer firefighters wristbands from 1930s, household items, awards and items for firefighters' harnesses. From September 11th till 12th 1926, the founding conference of the Baltic Firefighters' Association took place in Riga, and on September 12, its participants visited of voluntary firefighters unions in Nordeķi, leaving their signatures in unions guest book. This book, with meaningful historical records, the flag of Zaķusala BUB with an embroidered hare, firefighters helmets from first half of the 20th century, axes and the awards of A. Johansons, who was member of Cēsu voluntary firefighters union. Mentioned items are part of the National Museums Collection that are stored in our museum. We are grateful to all the donors, especially volunteer firefighters veterans and Amanda Balta, the grand daughter of August Johansson(1902 -1944), she gifted to our museum, her grandfather awards and documents signed by A. Kviesis and K. Ulmanis, former presidents of the Latvian Republic. Thank to the Commander of the Cēsu Firefighting Department, Kaspars Dravants for the assistance in formation of gift documents. Firefighters parade helmet, from 1920-1930
The night of April 26, 1986, the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, created an invisible shadow of horror over the world, a real threat to the civilization. To limit the consequences of the accident, the Soviet Union mobilized all possible resources, including more than 6 thousand people from Latvia, to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude for all the heroic work done for our benefit and giving most spacial things in life- health and for some, their life. In deep gratitude, we bow our heads in front of the participants to liquidation works of Chernobyl stations nuclear accident, we wish everyone good health and may God protect you! Ministry of Interior memorial medal to honor people who worked in Chernobyl’s disaster effects liquidation works. Nr. 001
Exhibition "CHILDREN ABOUT SAFETY"
On March in our museum opened new exposition from made children's creative works that where collected, over many years, from different children's safety themed competitions. Children's works where made in different techniques and formats, confirming not only the artistic taste and ability of young, but also show understanding about philosophies and practicalities of everyday safety.
Like many traditionall profession, firefighter too have has its guardians. Protecting one of the world's most dangerous professions members, and fellow humans from the dangers of fires and other emergencies, often in unexplained, miraculous ways. In Christian religion firefighters patrons have received status of saints and symbols of those saints are often used in different countries firefighters heraldry. Like graphic elements related to guardians, sculptures, faleristics and souvenirs. In February of this year, our museum opened little exhibition, that offers inside into world of firefighters saints.
Yesterday, March 11, our museum visited State Fire and Rescue Service the Human Resources Department. Following thesis "There is no future without the past", the visitors learned about the fire and rescue service's history and work traditions. The lessons they learned can be useful and help to facilitate the recruitment process.
The combination of the State Fire and Rescue Service and our Museum's long-standing business connections with the Riga Motor Museum, the Motor Museum collection has beencomplement with a growing number of unique, served, specialised fire trucks. On Iveco Magirus chassis based, one off in Latvia, 50m long ladder with a lift. The world's only 32m high-angle car lift on a ZIL-131 full traction chassis what made in last century, at Riga’s Aviation factory and other interesting models. We are delighted that the historically remarkable, unique, technically and constructively interesting machinery been preserved for the next generations.
Yesterday, February 12 th , during the Day of Shadows, Riga city 64 th high school 1st class pupil Vincents Budjakovs and Riga city 11 th elementary school 5th class student Reinis Liger shadowed our deputy director Ilze Bergman. The Shadows rated of children's drawings and selection them for the upcoming thematic exhibition, learned about the museum's exposition, interactive museum pedagogical programs, and gave an evaluation of the museum's offer and new interesting ideas for future museum development. We are grateful for the initiative from the Shadows, their genuine interest in the development of a fire safety, and wish the youngsters good luck in school and future. We hope that they will possible continue their life in field of fire and civil protection, preservation and research !
On February 11 th , Sarmīte Vilde, the head of the Ainažu Fire Museum, and her colleagues visited us for to friendly experience exchange. The director of the Ainažu Fire Museum have many new ideas about modernizing the museum's, bringing in the latest technology’s to supplementing the permanent exposition with useful content, to highlighting the fundamentals of daily security, and creating exhibitions about local area. We wish our colleagues the success with planned activities and satisfaction for contribution they give to the improvement of fire safety in Ainaži.