2-6 September 2019, nine CBRN experts of Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service and Firefighting Academy of Hamburg visited State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia in Riga. Visit was financed and organised by coordinators of the Exchange of Experts Programme of European Union in cooperation with the State Fire and Rescue of Latvia. ( www.exchangeofexperts.eu )
On 28 –29 May in Riga the 17th meeting for Directors General for civil protection in the Baltic Sea region will take place. The meeting will be held in the framework of Latvian Presidency of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS), which is organized by State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (SFRS) in the area of civil protection. The meeting will be opened by SFRS chief general Oskars Abolins.
From a regional perspective, countries often times are facing similar or even the same safety concerns and challenges, nevertheless a common societal security policy is an issue beginning to take a constant position in the agenda on the topic of regional security. The novelty of such perspective means that right now the approaches of regional actors towards societal security remain contrasting and frequently the discrepancies lie in the strategies of national governments along with diverse levels of comprehension of the notion “secure society” and of ways to promote it. The differences in national policies are determined not only by the historical culture of security and protection, but as well by the comprehension of security threats, financial and military capacity, values and political situation.
Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States: Strengthening societal security in the region
From 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 Latvia presides over the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). In the field of civil protection Latvian Presidency will ensure the continuation of efforts and strengthening of close cooperation to achieve progress towards implementing the agreed strategic action – promotion of a common societal security culture, as agreed in the Joint Position adopted by the Baltic Sea Region Civil Protection Network in 2017.
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: vugd.gov.lv vladimirs.vetuhs , +371 26465900, Jevgenijs Golovčuks, e-mail: vugd.gov.lv Jevgenijs.golovcuks , +371 26169695
Testing the Civil Protection Sirens
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.