with the young Landes firefighters undergoing their national certification

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he young firefighters from Landes passed their national certificate practical tests on May 4 in Parentis-en-Born. The Roland-Portalier arenas served as a testing ground for 32 young people from the sections of Luxey, Morcenx, Mont-de-Marsan and Pontenx-les-Forges, out of the seven in the department.

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he young firefighters from Landes passed their national certificate practical tests on May 4 in Parentis-en-Born. The Roland-Portalier arenas served as a testing ground for 32 young people from the sections of Luxey, Morcenx, Mont-de-Marsan and Pontenx-les-Forges, out of the seven in the department.

“The training takes place over three years and is divided into four cycles which provide an introduction to the different facets of the activity,” explains Captain Mathieu Alegre, responsible for training within the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service ( Sdis) of Landes. The tests are made up of four workshops which are “situations as close as possible to operational reality”, specifies warrant officer Julien Laurent, who takes care of the young firefighters section of Pontenx-les-Forges and organizes these departmental tests.

“A great experience! »

Outside, a fire workshop which allows you to validate the use of hoses and the attack of a fire; in this case, that of two vehicles on fire in a parking lot. In the bays of the arenas, another workshop is dedicated to rescue maneuvers: safely lowering a mannequin – which plays the role of a victim – with ropes. The narrow corridors of the torils are used for a reconnaissance test, under respiratory assistance, in a hostile smoky environment. Finally, a final test is dedicated to the protection of property, such as covering following the destruction of a roof.

Kloé, 16 years old and a high school student at the Victor-Duruy high school in Mont-de-Marsan, followed the advice of her older sister, Léa, by getting involved in the training of young firefighters: “A great experience! » She wants to become a mechanic in the air force. Ryan, also 16 years old and educated at the Haroun-Tazieff high school in Morcenx-la-Nouvelle, wants to “become a Paris firefighter”. A vocation that came following a report that had greatly impressed him.

Once their certificate in hand, these young people can consider joining a barracks, as a volunteer or professional.


Recognition test under respiratory assistance: bubble wrap in front of the eyes to simulate thick smoke.

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The young firefighters were evaluated on their mastery of maneuvers as close as possible to real conditions.


The young firefighters were evaluated on their mastery of maneuvers as close as possible to real conditions.

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