Marseille Naval Fire Battalion

The Marseille Naval Fire Battalion ( French : marine brigade Battalion of Marseille , gold BMPM ), is the fire and rescue department for the city of Marseille .

The battalion is a branch of the French Navy ( French : French Navy ), and fully staff Consists of military, like the Paris Fire Brigade (a branch of the French Army ), and PGHM(a branch of the French Gendarmerie ).

Nearly half of all candidates fail the battalion’s rigorous training program.


  1. Fire suppression on land and at sea
  2. Emergency Ambulance
  3. Utility Safety- Gas leaks, etc.
  4. Support Staff: Victims services, SAR, prehospital care
  5. Motor Vehicle Collision assistance
  6. Property protection
  7. Fire and Rescue Patrol, Recognition and Scouting
  8. Animal Rescue
  9. Pollution control and response
  10. Alarm response


Formed by Royal Order on 14 August 1719 to the Marseille Arsenal Fire Battalion and its jurisdiction was expanded on 25 September 1816 to include the City of Marseille (City of Marseille). On March 22, 1838 its size was fixed to a battalion of five companies and on December 14, 1962, its jurisdiction was expanded to include the port of Marseille and the Marseille-Provence MarignaneInternational Airport.

The Battalion of Naval Fire was created by a decree dated July 29, 1939, following the October 28, 1938 fire of the New Galleries, located on the Canebiere, which caused the death of 73 people.

Edouard Daladier, Prime Minister, observes the professionalism of the Toulon Marine Brigade and the quality of their equipment. He decides to entrust the security of Marseille to a military unit. The Decree-Law of 23 July 1939 is the “birth” of Marseille Naval Fire Battalion and begins with this:

“It’s created in Marseilles Marine Fire unit, This battalion and the services attached to it are controlled by a senior naval officer …”

The Marseilles Naval Fire Brigade has a military status and is commanded by a vice-admiral.


The BMPM consists of 2,400 personnel and 700 vehicles.

In 2011, the BMPM responded to 118,000 operations and to 108,000 in 2010. In 2011, it carried out 111,700 interventions, an average of 285 per day, approximately one every 5 minutes, with more than two thirds regarding the “rescue victim” (prehospital care).

Corporate organization

Vice Admiral Jean-Michel L’Hénaff, to form commanding officer of the BMPM.

The battalion is commanded by a naval flag officer (currently Vice Admiral Charles-Henri Garié) as part of the Marseille Garrison. He reports to the Minister of Defense , the Minister of the Interiorand the Mayor of Marseilles. Thus, rank insignia follow the French Navy practice.

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