When a child from Lorelanges (Hout-Lower) takes over the head of the southern team of the Marseille Fire Brigade

As far as he can remember, Ian made a wish to join the firefighters very soon. A dream came true with his commitment to the Marine Firefighters Battalion of Marseille (BMPM). This Monday, June 13th, the child in Laurelnge raised the colors of the small town Hout-Lower. During a formal ceremony, Lieutenant Commander Ian was actually installed near the head of the BMPM’s southern group. At 42, he now operates eight fire and rescue centers (CIS), bringing together just over 650 professional military firefighters.

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A profession born in Lorland

It seems a long way off when, at Lorelanz, he observed the vehicles of volunteer firefighters with the intention of consolidating the team. “When I was old enough to do it, it was no longer possible, because Kendra joined Arvant,” he explained. But the attraction does not leave him behind. While in college and high school in Brewery, the desire to pass the officer competition increased. At that time he was undergoing first aid training. After graduation, he began studying fire safety (DUT in environmental health and safety at Poitiers, an internship at Sdis 63, a civil security license in Montpellier, and a master’s in industrial risk between Montpellier and Alice Mines Schools 2).

When you are young and want to do this, you know very well that it is best to join BMPM. Rare are those who take shifts without going out.

And if, at first glance, the connection between Auvergne and the National Navy volcano does not seem immediate, it quickly overwhelms him. “I chose marine firefighters because I had a positive outlook on them, former study colleagues who joined the battalion, but also mentioned that I was interested in the military side ৷ and for the territories and missions that are attached, especially the fight against forest fires.”

Specialized in prevention

He won the competition in 2007, then joined the Naval School for 8 months, to learn the basics and the naval officer profession from offshore in the Germinal Frigate. The immersion in CIS came in 2008, with the first position as assistant to the head of the center in Louvain. In 2011, he joined the staff of Marine Firefighters until 2016. A period where he worked specifically towards resistance while providing operational guards as a group leader or column leader.Image MN / BMPM / A.Groye

“We have two missions. The first is in support of operations, people, property and the environment. The second is resistance within the Security Committee; We work with builders, project leaders. I was a reporter at the Security Commission with the specialty of resistance. In particular, he participated in the renovation of the Stade Velodrome and worked on the tunnels of the Marseille bypass. Resistance has led him to work at big events, concerts or even Euro matches.

Charles-de-Galle two years

An officer specializing in technical hazards and a water bomber helicopter officer, he is also a trainer in research into the causes and conditions of fires. “It simply came to our notice then. Finding out how the fire has behaved, finding out the causes, advancing the units … ”Head of CIS in Canberra from 2016 to 2018, he returned to the Resistance Division before a new naval operation. “In 2020, I left the battalion to head Charles-de-Gaul Aircraft Safety Services. In order to understand the extent to which Marines firefighters have the task of preventing and protecting Marine firefighters, Lieutenant Commander Ian explained: “At most, 1,750 people are on board. When it comes to firefighting risk, that means an airport, a nuclear power plant, an ammunition depot in the same building যখন the maritime side is great when you get on an aircraft carrier. But I was very happy to return to the battalion. A

Identify everything when you are a firefighter. Especially forest fires, which are very impressive, also very dangerous. You always have to be bright for fatigue and warmth.

Upon his return, he passed new qualifications, for example, in the forest fires, to be the site manager, the highest level of operational command. “I can’t go a year without training in anything,” he said enthusiastically. Now head of Marseille’s southern team, he is struggling to make choices when asked what he has identified the most. “Everything marks when you are a firefighter. Especially forest fires, which are very impressive, also very dangerous. You always have to be bright for fatigue and warmth. A

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Although he was the first to join the French Navy to become a firefighter, Captain Ian Fighter discovered a rich universe of many professions, from pilot to cooking. And he added: “When you are young and want to do this, you know very well that the best thing is to join BMPM. Rare are those who take shifts without going out. A

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