Event: The National Congress of French Firefighters (Sapeur Pompier)

October 1-4, the Exhibition Park of Chateaublanc, Avignon, France

Published:  31 July, 2014

The National Congress of French Firefighters is an annual event under the aegis of the National Federation of French Firefighters.

Organised each year by a different department the Vaucluse Fire and Rescue Service and the Vaucluse Union of Firefighters put themselves forward as candidate to organise the 121st National Congress of Firefighters in 2014. This was confirmed in June 2012.

This professional conference for professional firefighters is also open to the public free of charge and people can come and discover the organisation, the tools and the environment of the profession.

Once before organised in 1978 in Avignon, the firefighters of Vaucluse are working to ensure that the 2014 congress will be a success.

Since 1881 French firefighters and firefighters from other countries meet at the conference once a year to debate a range of topics relevant to the profession - anything new and different, and recent problems encountered. The Congress will also host an exhibition with the latest equipment and several demonstrations to show off new techniques and new equipment. Volunteering is also a topic that is highlighted.

This Congress is marked by various highlights including the AGM of the National Federation of French Firefighters which has 260,000 members. Different official ceremonies also underline its national influence with, notably, the presence of the President of France of the Ministery of the Interior.

The Congress in figures:

  • 30-40 000 visitors
  • more than 20 000m2 covered exhibition space
  • more than 20 000m2 external exhibition space
  • 300 to 350 exhibitors
  • 3 to 4000 congress participants coming from all over France
  • 250 vehicles exhibited and demonstrated

  • Operation Florian

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