Ships Needed for Emergency Services Training Exercises

Marseille's Marins Pompiers in Action


Marseille's Naval Fire Brigade (les Marins Pompiers) is offering the opportunity for vessels calling in the ports of Marseille-Fos to participate in fire and rescue training exercises.


The Naval Fire Brigade carries out all types of fire and rescue operation on board vessels in Marseille-Fos, whether they are in the ports, on the roads, or in the Western Harbour.


The port's Naval Fire Brigade operates from two sites:


  • the "SM Gaulier" fire-fighting and rescue centre in Port de Bouc and
  • the "Officier en Chef Godard" outpost on the Graveleau Breakwater.

and provides an autonomous first response to all emergencies.


In case of need, reinforcements are called in from the barracks based in the town of Marseille where they habitually provide emergency medical and fire-fighting assistance to the local population.


In the ports, the Naval Fire Brigade

  • Handles emergency operations, coordinating with vessel officers, port authorities, tugs and support services during interventions on board vessels (fires, water ingress, "technological" incidents, etc.);
  • Takes charge of accident victims in berth or on the roads;
  • Carries out oil spill clean-up operations.


To optimize effective assistance to vessels calling in Marseille-Fos and perfect their knowledge of the maritime milieu, the Naval Fire Brigade is looking for volunteer vessels of all types to participate in accident simulations.


These simulations provide an excellent opportunity for ships and their crews to familiarize themselves with safety and emergency procedures in a given situation, as well as to obtain answers to their queries.


In the unfortunate event that a real emergency occurs, vessels have a better understanding both of emergency procedures in French ports and the vital first steps to contain the incident.


There is never any obligation to participate and vessels may be assured that the Naval Fire Brigade's only concern is to improve their skills, save lives, and protect the environment.  It does not carry out inspections or report suspected deficiencies.


At Budd, we believe that participating in an emergency simulation contributes to safety at sea and can make a major contribution to loss prevention, both in material and human terms.


Please do not hesitate to let Budd Marseille-Fos (FAO Jean-Pierre Perrillat, general.marseille@budd-pni.com, Tel:  +33 (0)491 33 58 33) know in good time if your assured or vessel would like to volunteer for a training exercise in Marseille-Fos.  We shall then contact Marseille's Naval Fire Brigade so that they can make the necessary arrangements in due course.


Thank you.



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