A birthday day for the Brains firefighters

A birthday day for the Brains firefighters
A birthday day for the Brains firefighters

At the beginning of 1899, Lucas Championnère, a resident of Plessis, was upset by the high number of successive fires and the shortage of means of defence available to the population. He then proposed to the mayor, Julien Prin, to donate “active equipment”: a hand pump.

The mayor, for his part, undertook to organize and equip a section of firefighters. The call for volunteers was heard, and a subdivision was formed on September 7, 1899, with a strong workforce of twenty-seven men. The Brains rescue center was the first in Loire-Atlantique.

Julien Prin placed his trust in Lieutenant Pierre Charpentier, who became the first corps commander. The latter quickly noticed a lack of equipment and decided, with his men, to make a subscription in the town and its surroundings.

A subscription in the municipality

So, the brave firefighters collected, two by two, from the homes. The population responded positively. Hence the acquisition, in 1900, of small equipment, such as canvas buckets and 150 m of hoses. At that time, the municipal rescue center intervened mainly on vegetation fires or on farms, but also along the Nantes – Pornic railway line, because the locomotives caused fires in the hedges and thickets, due to flying embers.

In 1909, the water pump, held and pulled at arm’s length, was fitted with a front end. It was thus pulled by a horse, which made it possible to go further and always close to a water point. In 1911, a major fire broke out at La Gautronnière and an appeal was made to the Indret arsenal, asking it to make its steam pump available. During the First World War, several firefighters were mobilised, while the alerts remained high for a workforce reduced to seven men.

Motor pump, new vehicle and water service

The firefighters’ missions have evolved with the essential equipment for rescue, which has been purchased over time: a motor pump in 1934; a new vehicle in 1958; and in 1960, the water service arrived in Brains, which made it possible to fill the tanks. In 1997, the center acquired a vehicle for rescuing asphyxiated people and injured people, which made it possible to transport the injured to the emergency room, which was not possible before. One hundred and fifty years later, on the occasion of the National Day, the center celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Saturday July 13at the fire and rescue center, rue de Bel-Air. On the program: stands, an exhibition, entertainment, a wine of honor, at 11 a.m., after the parade. From 3 p.m., maneuvers. At 7 p.m., the group Capt’ain Groove will be on stage. At 9 p.m., the ball and, at 11 p.m., the fireworks. Bar and catering on site.

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