Information on Forest Fire Safety due to Valdgale fire

Due to the prolonged large-scale wildfire in Talsi municipality, Valdgale parish that started on July 17, State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia advises citizens and tourists: If there is a smell of smoke at home – close the windows and doors. In case there are serious health concerns call the Emergency Medical Service – 113 or 66016001 (medical advice). In case of evacuation of a given territory the municipality, emergency services or other responsible institutions will disseminate information for citizens about the need for evacuation, how to keep themselves safe from danger, how to prepare and what to take with them in case of evacuation. If the sirens are sounded information will be given on radio and TV. Information can be passed through the speakers of emergency service vehicles. People are advised not to go near the location of fire or to go camping, bird watching or picking mushrooms and berries in the nearest forests where smoke could be present. A forest fire warning is in force in all regions of Latvia, which means that it is forbidden to start an open fire in or near a forest.

42nd Baltic Championship in Fire Sport

42 nd Baltic Championship in Fire Sport Program 9 th –10 th August 2018 Address of venue: 41 Riga street, Valka, Latvia 9 th of August 10.00 – 14.00100m obstacle course competition 14.30 – 17.00 Fire attack deployment competition 19.00 – Opening ceremony, Valka Open Air Stage   10 th of August 10.00 – 14.45 Assault ladder competition 15.00 – 17.00 4x100m firefighter’s relay-race competition 18.00 – Awarding and closing ceremony in Valka Culture House   More information on disciplines can be found in the regulations.   Contact: Vladimirs Vetuhs, e-mail: vladimirs.vetuhs , +371 26465900, Jevgenijs Golovčuks, e-mail: Jevgenijs.golovcuks , +371 26169695

Policy Area Secure Steering Group

State fire and rescue service of Latvia is a member of the Policy Area (PA) Secure Steering Group, which is the strategic body of one of the thirteen policy areas in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region( EUSBSR ). PA Secure is co-coordinated by the Council of the Baltic Sea States ( CBSS ) Secretariat and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency ( MSB ). PA Secure and its Steering Group were founded in 2013, and consist of members from all eight EU countries in the Baltic Sea Region, along with the Union of the Baltic Cities – Safe Cities Commission, the CBSS’ expert group Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB) and the Children at Risk unit at the CBSS Secretariat. The steering group meets twice a year to discuss priorities and strategic actions in the fields of civil protection and law enforcement. The Steering Group also supports international projects, which help to share expertise and best practices in civil protection among the countries. The most successful and innovative projects and processes that can be useful for the whole macro-region are nominated by the Steering Group for a EUSBSR Flagship status. During its existence, the EUSBSR resulted in 120 Flagship projects, around every 10th of which – under PA Secure.