A captain of the Côte-d’Or fire brigade leaves for a two-week mission in New Caledonia

A captain of the Côte-d’Or fire brigade leaves for a two-week mission in New Caledonia
A captain of the Côte-d’Or fire brigade leaves for a two-week mission in New Caledonia

After the gendarmes of Côte-d’Or, these are now the firefighters who go as reinforcements New Caledonia ! For 13 days, the archipelago has been facing an unprecedented crisis: already 530 French nationals were evacuated by the authorities, and the toll rose to seven dead this Friday. It is in this very tense context that the Côte-d’Or department decided to send reinforcements, first gendarmes, and now it is the turn of a captain of the Côte-d’Or fire brigade. d’Or, Maryne Poullot, to be sent to the archipelago.

“I volunteered to go there, it’s my first mission outside of mainland France”she explains on the way to the airport. “For me, it’s an experience that I couldn’t have twice, it will bring me a lot at the operational level.” If for the moment, she does not know precisely her missions, she leaves “as a logistics officer, therefore everything that is material and food”. A few hours before departure, she is impatient : “I can’t wait to leave because I know what an unforgettable experience it will be, but a little apprehension all the same between the flight duration and then what awaits me there in fact”she admits.

On the other hand, she had to prepare her things very quickly, because the announcement of her departure was sudden: “In terms of organization, we did the best we could thanks to the SDIS logistics service which provided me with everything I needed: I therefore have luggage with my firefighting uniform and my daily firefighter uniforms and in addition to That’s why I prepared my pack with the toiletries and everyday essentials.” She followed a list provided by the SDIS, and she was able to add “some comfort items, like sunscreen or a cap, which are details but which are not part of the list necessary for the mission.”

“Logistics is the sinews of war”

The young 32-year-old fire captain is not particularly apprehensive about the tense context in New Caledonia: “I have informed myself a little like everyone else, but I am not afraid, because I know that I will be behind with logistics missions.” On the other hand, she admits that her loved ones, her parents and her partner are a little worried: “I told them that I would try to call them as much as I could, to reassure them”she slips.

Maryne Poullot leaves on a fifteen day mission in a field she already knows: “Before being deputy to the center manager in Dijon Nord, I was head of the machinery department, therefore on the logistics part of rolling stock. For me, logistics is part of the crux of the matter, because without logistics, the people on the ground can’t go and can’t last.”

Since this is her first mission, Captain Poullot inevitably feels “less experienced” that his colleagues: “I plan to rely on the more experienced people who will accompany me in this mission, to evolve and to learn more, obviously.”

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