Forest fires: how Breton firefighters anticipate

He has been a volunteer firefighter since 1977. At the management of Sdis (departmental fire and rescue service) of Côtes-d’Armor, in Saint-Brieuc, since 2021. Alain Boissonnet, lieutenant-colonel, is in charge of development volunteering. He did the same at the main rescue center in Orléans, in Loiret (45), where he managed a section of 75 volunteer firefighters (SPV) and set up, in 2020, a citizenship group, which today has twelve people. He is also a forest fire specialist. One of the few in the department to be trained at level 4, that of column leaders

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A risk that has become significant in Brittany

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In the civil sector, Alain Boissonnet started as a surveyor in a design office, before working for a decade for a company that manufactures connectors, then two at Sandvik, a Swedish group where he developed tools for aeronautics. .

In the civil sector, Alain Boissonnet started as a surveyor in a design office, before working for a decade for a company that manufactures connectors, then two at Sandvik, a Swedish group where he developed tools for aeronautics. . (Le Télégramme/Camille André)

The demand of the flames

The number of level 1 and 2 training courses has doubled in Côtes-d’Armor since 2022. “We are also training more levels 3 and 4,” continues Alain Boissonnet. This involves learning to handle equipment specific to different intervention techniques. Because vegetation fires are dynamic, “the wind follows its trajectory and its speed differs from urban fires”. “The staff must be seasoned and in good physical condition because some days are complicated. I happened to stay in contact for 48 hours, without sleeping and eating little,” says Alain Boissonnet.

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The Brocéliande forest, in Paimpont (35), affected by a fire in August 2022.

The Brocéliande forest, in Paimpont (35), affected by a fire in August 2022. (Lionel Le Saux/Le Télégramme)

Anticipate together

Having a national vision of the risk of forest fires makes it possible to send personnel, preventively, to risk areas. “And sometimes, nothing happens, that’s part of the role,” says the sapper. Last year, Finistère, which had experienced 460 fire outbreaks in 2022, anticipated by renting a water bomber helicopter for the summer, also made available to other Breton departments. “It’s better not to wait to acquire equipment because it takes time, especially when everyone needs to update their equipment at the same time,” explains Alain Buissonnet.

Prevention will also involve the organization, by the Sdis des Côtes-d’Armor, of a regional exercise. It will take place Thursday May 30, in Plélauff (22). The maneuver will bring together 140 firefighters, or two columns, aboard sixteen forest fire tankers (CCF). The scenario ? A fire in a forest area, evolving, “with an area difficult to access”. Alain Buissonnet will test the lance holder that he is developing at Sdis 22, which can be remotely controlled from the cab of a truck. “This will be an opportunity for our command to work together,” he continues. To regain our reflexes before the season. »

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