On Friday, the Hérault firefighters presented their annual results for 2019. The Hérault’s 4,168 firefighters (professionals and volunteers) carried out almost 76,027 interventions, which is approximately one intervention every 7 minutes.
Last summer, the Hérault department broke heat records and there were many fires. 137 against 74 the previous year.
A total of 1158 hectares of burned vegetation compared to 80 last year.
New tactics are emerging, as firefighters face new risks. There are new risks linked to climate change in particular. “We have never had so many floods, tornadoes, heat waves, orange alerts linked to Cévennes and Mediterranean episodes,” said General Eric Florès, director of Sdis de l’Hérault.
There are also new risks such as terrorist attacks and digital crime. To face these new challenges and to respond quickly to the needs of the population, the Hérault firefighters have equipped themselves with new means, such as drones, cameras, attack robots and thermal cameras.
A third barracks will be built in Montpellier, and Palavas will extend to be a full year, rather than just the summer period.
They certainly have their work cut out.
Source: France 3