US News Seine-et-Marne: the thousand and one lives of Bruno Maestracci, new fire chief

23:05  01 october  2020
23:05  01 october  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Of his thousand lives, Bruno Maestracci, will spend one in Seine-et-Marne. At 55, the new director of the fire department has just taken up his post at the head of the 4,500 men and women, professionals and volunteers, who work every day in the service of the inhabitants. A position he will occupy between five and ten years, replacing Eric Faure.

After having traveled the whole world and multiplying the diplomas, this colonel arrives from Southern Corsica where, between the management of forest fires, he coordinated the rescue of the navigator Florence Arthaud in 2011. For the first time, in order to respond to his new obligations, he refused a mission to Beirut (Lebanon) where as a UN expert he had to coordinate the relief efforts. As it has already done in Burma, Cambodia or Indonesia after tsunamis.

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"It's about taking care of others"

"Our job is first and foremost based on people," said this father of two children. It's about taking care of others ”. At the age of 26, he abandoned his profession as an offshore conductor on the oil platforms of the Persian Gulf and their comfortable salary to return to his first love: barracks, interventions and this desire to be useful. “I no longer saw the point of spending his life winning it, remembers this native of Dijon (Côte d'Or). When you are on a platform 8,000 km from your country, you wonder what you are doing ”.

Volunteer firefighter in Cagnes-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes) since he was 16, he reached the rank of lieutenant at the discretion of his guards. Taking advantage of the opening of a competition, there he is again a simple man of the rank ten years later, but professional. Always aware that "being a firefighter means that you do not live the daily life of everyone".

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He oversees sixty barracks.

However, for a man who cannot keep still like Bruno Maestracci, that is not enough. In parallel with his activities as a firefighter, he won a shovelful of diplomas. A master's degree in public law in 1995, a DEA in “Comparative policies in Europe” the following year and a DESS in “Defense, security, fundamental human rights” in 1997. Then a doctorate in public law in 2011. “Entre les guards, we have a lot of time, he estimates. I kept him studying ”.

As a reservist, he also served as the 1st commander of the 6th company of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment of Calvi when he joined Corsica a few years later, after passing through Indre or the operational management center. interministerial crisis, place Beauvau in Paris.

Bruno Maestracci therefore presented his well-stocked CV to the president of SDIS 77, Isoline Millot, won over by the idea of ​​"working in one of the largest SDIS in France". Those who seek above all movement and action to combat possible boredom are happy to oversee sixty barracks. "It will take me several weeks to go around it," he congratulates himself. And then, in Seine-et-Marne, there are all the risks to be managed: Seveso companies, warehouses, floods, nuclear power with the Nogent-sur-Seine (Aube) plant ”.

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Even if it takes more to impress Bruno Maestracci who, following the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, was at the head of a four-year international cooperation project between France and Indonesia, in charge of the on-site construction of the national crisis management center. He came back with a habit, that of living with air conditioning but especially with the one who shares his life. “I learned with them, he sums up soberly. It's impressive how the Indonesians are calm people ”. A compliment in the mouth of someone who admits “not being a diplomat”. “But I appreciate it when people don't agree with me and someone offers me something else,” he adds.

"We are ordinary people who have an extraordinary life"

Being direct does not prevent him from having a sense of concertation. “Wanting to reform in order to reform is pointless. For the moment, I am observing and I am waiting to have met all the heads of the centers to know the needs, says the director of SDIS 77. I work as a team. With the idea of ​​having a level of excellence in the well-being and competence of firefighters ”. The September board of directors also adopted the revaluation of the fire premium and the granting of a Covid premium, financed by the department, to which the firefighters are attached.

If his CV can tip in this direction, Bruno Maestracci refutes the image of heroes that is often associated with firefighters. “We must not deify ourselves. We suffer from this image, because many people do not dare to join us, he regrets. We are ordinary people who have extraordinary lives. We don't just need Grendizer. I would like everyone to say to themselves "Why not me? ". And if they are a bit fat, we have sports teachers to bring them up to standard ”. Bruno Maestracci remains true to his watchword: efficiency.

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