Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.
Support for Fire Safety Measures in Local Government General Education Institutions
The project aims at increasing the fire safety of children in general education institutions in peripheral and disadvantaged regions of Latvia. It shall improve safety of children in case of fire in 138 general education institutions and widen knowledge about fire safety by utilising and building on Swiss experience.
Enhanced security and safety
Managing natural disasters and emergency situations
- Smoke detectors, sound and voice alarm systems are installed in 115 general education institutions
- 57 municipalities have been supported in their effort to improve fire safety situation in their schools and pre-schools
- 14’000 children have safer environment in their education institutions
- National State Institute North
Most of education institutions in disadvantaged regions are located in old buildings (more than twenty years old). Legislation requires fire systems to be installed only if the education institution is being renovated. But municipalities, especially those in disadvantaged regions, lack resources for renovation. As a result, fire safety systems remain uninstalled. In the meantime, statistics report 121 cases of fire in Latvian educational institutions between 2006 and 2010, 19 of which took place in 2010. Most threatened and unsafe are those institutions where children stay overnight. These educational institutions are selected as the priority target group and this project foresees installation of fire safety systems in 138 boarding schools.
The overall objective of the project is to improve the safety of children in case of fire in general education institutions in peripheral and disadvantaged regions of Latvia as well as to widen knowledge about fire safety by utilising and building on Swiss experience.
Direct target group: approximately 7’000 children, 138 boarding schools, 61 municipalities.
Activities shall lead to the fulfilment of the project objectives. They are mainly: (i): Acquisition of fire safety systems for local governments; (ii): Cooperation with Swiss partner on guidelines, training, and prevention measures.
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Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Foreign state institution
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 2'379'730 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 2'228'610|
Phase 1 01.02.2012 - 31.05.2015 (Completed)