Civic Engagements

The U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) in Latvia plans and executes U.S. European Command’s Civic Engagement (CE) Program. The CE Program provides funding and expertise to execute a wide array of projects, to include the construction and renovation of public facilities, such as orphanages, senior citizen centers, fire stations, ambulance dispatch centers, and emergency medical centers. The main beneficiary of the CE Program is the partner nation’s civilian populace and it focuses on nation’s disaster preparedness, health care needs and education support.

Since 2008, 61 projects have been implemented in Latvia with a total value of $11.8M as part of the U.S. European Command’s CE Program. These projects include renovation of 16 fire stations, 5 State Emergency Medical Service facilities, kindergarten and school renovations, as well as medical equipment during COVID-19 pandemic and assistance to Ukrainian refugees residing in Latvia.

In addition to completed projects, ODC Latvia is currently implementing four other CE projects:

  • construction of State Emergency Medical Service facilities in Daugavpils,
  • construction of nursing home in Skrīveri parish,
  • renovation of fire station in Rīga, and
  • renovation of nursing home in Irši parish.

The total value of these projects is $2.9M.

ODC Latvia works closely with Latvian government agencies to identify and submit projects for the CE Program. Proposed projects are then submitted to U.S. European Command for approval. Once approved, ODC Latvia works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and local contractors to ensure that the work is completed in accordance with the requirements of the supported government agency. The projects are a direct investment to local economy as a result of using local vendors. CE projects demonstrate the close cooperation between the U.S. and Latvian governments and bring the benefits of this relationship to the citizens of Latvia.

Project Examples:

 

September 2023

On September 8, 2023, the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Christopher Robinson and Rēzekne District Municipality Mayor Monvīds Švarcs marked the completion of partial kindergarten renovation and expansion in Lūznava. Total project costs: $331,000.

Spring 2023

Spring 2023, the U.S. Embassy transferred to eight Latvian municipalities 24 refrigerators and 24 washers, and to State Fire and Rescue Service 2,400 excess property cots with pillows and blankets to be used for temporary housing for Ukrainian refugees in Latvia and future emergency situations. Total project costs: $237,000.

January 2022

January 2022, the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia and Minister of Interior marked the completion of fire station renovation at the State Fire and Rescue Service’s 2nd Division in Daugavpils. The project entailed interior renovation of fire station’s administrative and staff rooms, changing rooms, showers, as well as partial replacement of building’s heating and electrical systems. Total project cost: $615,000.

March 2021

March 2021, the U.S. Embassy donated to State Emergency Medical Service two single-patient isolation and transport systems. The medical equipment is used to transport highly infectious patients. It protects the medical personnel while allowing access to the patient to provide medical care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ODC Latvia implemented eight CE projects to provide medical equipment and personal protective equipment to Latvia with total value of over $500,000.

September 2021

September 2021, the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia revealed the renovated State Emergence Medical Service warehouse in Kandava. The warehouse in Kandava is one of several warehouses where Latvian government stores state medical stockpiles for any emergency situations. The renovation entailed replacement of building’s utility systems, renovation of interior storage rooms, and installation of ventilation and shelving systems. Total project cost: $760,000.