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Enthusiasts Fire in Gironde: The Tour de France of the firefighters called in reinforcement

15:00  17 september  2022
15:00  17 september  2022 Source:   programme-television.org

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a parade, almost usual , red trucks from all over France. In Gironde, more than 600 firefighters were still called in reinforcement this week to fight against the flames, after an eventful summer.

They were up to a thousand to fight against the fire fixed Thursday after having ravaged more than 3,400 hectares of vegetation and pines around the villages of Saumos and Sainte-Hélène, in southern Médoc.

Firefighters of the department but also from Ille-et-Vilaine, Charente, Lot-et-Garonne, Hérault, Bouches-du-Rhône, etc. The list is long to list but the essential reinforcement, as it has been all season.

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in mid-August, 1,100 firefighters had already been called to do Faced with the second fire in Landiras (7,400 hectares). An "unparalleled mobilization" since 1949 and the historic fire which had burned 50,000 hectares and killed 82 people in Saucats, in Gironde, according to Jean-Luc Gleyze, boss of the department and local firefighters.

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more than 350 had even come from Europe , especially Germany, Italy and Romania.

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"We have rarely seen reinforcements descend so often" in the south, observes Captain Christophe Lucas, from Sdis du Puy-de-Dôme, who came this week with the South-East Auvergne column which brings together reinforcements from Allier, Du Cantal, Puy-de-Dôme and Haute-Loire.

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Wednesday, in the heart of the fire, AFP met with some of these reinforcements near a pond used as a refueling point in water. Charente-Maritime firefighters recharged their tank there. "Fortunately, it's not every day like that," said one of them.

Next to it, a Allier truck, with Lieutenant Tierno on board. He and his colleagues left for the evening on Monday, when the Baundice fire became a magnitude, and rolled overnight to reach the places of the disaster. Drivers have taken turns but the journey was already tiring.

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Now, "when you arrive, we consider that you are brand new", notes this voluntary firefighter. "It is our role to say that we have rolled up and that we have to plan rest time so that the firefighters are in the best conditions," said Captain Lucas.

- "slaps" -

because the days to fight the fire are long. Many were also asked during the summer for fires in Ardèche, Aveyron, even in Brittany.

For Éric Brocardi, spokesperson for the National Federation of French firefighters (FNSPF), the campaign to fight forest fires is now "annual".

"There is no longer a season, as for stormy risk and floods. When a territory is affected by forest fires, others are affected by storms," ​​he said on Franceinfo on Wednesday .

Faced with the increase in risks, in addition to daily rescue interventions, the profession requires more material means, aerial in particular, and a better geographical distribution of equipment.

But also to amplify training, recruitment and to make the population more and more aware. Claims that will be brought during the 128th National Congress of Firefighters in France, from September 21 to 24 in Nancy.

"This summer, we got a slap: we will have to react," warns the president of the FNSPF, Grégory Allione. He asked for the recruitment of "almost 1,000" winners of professional firefighters who are still not hired, and 50,000 additional volunteers "by 2027".

In Nîmes, the Gard firefighters went down to the street this week to claim an increase in their workforce. They should go from 700 to 750 by 2028.

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