Gaffofeu: a village forum to learn while having fun in the face of fire risk, this Saturday

This is a first: the City of Nîmes and the Gard prefecture are joining forces to raise awareness about forest fire risk prevention, with fun and educational workshops. It’s this Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the arena square. Free.

In the Gard, forest fires constitute the second natural risk alongside flooding. Because everyone is involved in everyone’s safety, the City of Nîmes and the prefecture are mobilizing to raise awareness, inform and protect the Gard population. A Gaffofeu village forum will be installed for the first time on the arena square, this Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At the initiative of the prefecture, in partnership with IFFO-RME (French Institute of Major Risk and Environmental Protection Trainers), the various actors in civil security and risk prevention (Gard firefighters , Météo France, the Departmental Union of Firefighters 30, Prévention Maif, the National Forestry Office, the prevention service of the City of Nîmes and the State services, etc.) will join forces for this first edition of Gaffofeu, dedicated primarily to forest fire risk prevention.

The objective is to raise awareness among the general public of the importance of preserving forests in the face of fires, recall the essential actions to adopt in the natural environment, and highlight the crucial role and actions to be undertaken by each actor, before, during and after a fire.

Educational and fun workshops will punctuate this day to raise residents’ awareness of major risks and more particularly the risk of forest and vegetation fires and allow everyone to become more involved in their own safety and that of their loved ones. The slogan of this initiative? “All concerned, all actors. »

The forum village: learning while having fun

Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the forum village will offer around fifteen workshops and educational and fun activities as well as information stands:

  • Around a large magnetic map: the forest and me
  • Workshop: risks on display
  • Game and quiz: alert’O lights
  • Workshop: I pack my suitcase
  • Workshop: gestures that save
  • Game and quiz: keep an eye on your forest
  • Workshop: presentation of firefighting equipment
  • Quiz: know the emergency numbers
  • Information stand: presentation of the biodiversity unit of the City of Nîmes
  • Board game: face o hazards
  • Vigi’Feu
  • Presentation and demo: DFCI fire mission

Visitors will also be able to interact with the crisis management actors present and get involved, for those most determined to act, as volunteer firefighters, volunteers with the French Red Cross or Civil Protection.

Gard, particularly concerned

Over the last 70 years, the forest area of ​​Gard has doubled, now covering 50% of the territory, or approximately 289,317 hectares. This growth is coupled with the increase in Gard residents living less than 200 meters from a forest over the last 20 years.

Forest fire is “combustion that develops without control, in time and space”. In addition to forests in the strict sense, fires concern small subforest formations: maquis, scrubland, moors, etc.

Human activity is the main cause of fire outbreaks (90% of fire outbreaks) whether due to economic activity (construction sites, agricultural activities, etc.) or everyday activity (cigarette cigarette butts). cigarettes, barbecues or campfires). The majority of these fires of anthropogenic origin are due to carelessness and dangerous behavior, both by tourists and local residents. They could therefore be avoided by having the right reflexes on a daily basis.

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