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12 December 2019

A Delegation of Firefighters from Monaco Travels to Lugano

© DR - from left to right:  Patrice Cellario, Minister of Interior, Michael Bertini, Deputy Mayor, Head of the Lugano Fire Department, Lieutenant Colonel Norbert Fassiaux, Chief of the Monaco Fire and Emergency Service, and Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Gianinazzi, Head of the Lugano Fire Brigade.

Fifteen years after the signing of a Twinning Agreement between the Monaco Fire and Emergency Service and the Lugano Fire Brigade*, a delegation visited Lugano in Ticino on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December. 

The delegation, led by Patrice Cellario, Minister of Interior, and Colonel Tony Varo, Supreme Commander of the Military Force, was comprised of Lieutenant Colonel Norbert Fassiaux, Chief of the Monaco Fire and Emergency Service, Captain Yann Payen, an officer from the Sports Training and Instruction Centre, Major Serge Daffara, Head of the Fontvieille emergency centre, Warrant Officer Patrice Jacob, President of the Non-Commissioned Officers, Corporal Fabien Fieni, President of the Corporals, and Sapper 1st Class Jory Vialla, President of the Non-Commissioned Members. 

This anniversary was an opportunity to highlight the quality of knowledge sharing and the development of exchanges between the two Corps in Operational Techniques, Prevention and Training. 

Thus, over the past fifteen years, we recall, in particular, the visit of a delegation to discuss the safety measures and the arrangements put in place during the Grand Prix and e-Prix, a three-day seminar by the Swiss fire brigade, which brought together 16 Corps from the Swiss Federation, as well as the various and numerous shared training courses, for example in Perilous White Water Rescue and a simulation exercise of an accident in a canyon, not forgetting fire training, next January, for four officers from Lugano on Monaco Fire and Emergency Service's Simulator for Familiarisation with and Training in Smoke from Fires and Reconnaissance (S.A.F.F.F.I.RE)

*The Twinning Agreement between the Monaco Fire and Emergency Service and the Lugano Fire Brigade was signed on 18 June 2004.

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