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Direction de la sécurité civile (Ministry of the Interior, France)

Sécurité civile

Last modified: 2010-01-30 by ivan sache
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Flag of Sécurité civile - Image by Herman Felani, 11 January 2009

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Presentation of Sécurité civile

Sécurité civile is the short form of Direction de la sécurité civile (DSC), an agency of the Ministry of the Interior in charge of risk management - from accidents in the home to natural disasters, at the national level, with a special emphasis on forest fires.
With its central seat at Asnières, near Paris, and 59 regional seats, DSC employs 2,500 civil and military servants. DSC daily coordinates the actions of the firefighters (sapeurs-pompiers, in short, pompiers), of the first-aid associations, and of the army units depending on the Comformisc (Commandement des formations militaires de la sécurité civile). In emergency cases, DSC works together with the competent services of other ministries (National Defense, Health, Environment, Transport...). Experts of DSC can work abroad upon request of countries hit by a natural disaster.

Ivan Sache, 11 January 2009

Flag of Sécurité civile

The flag of Sécurité civile is flown at the premises of the ENSOSP alongside the French national flag, the European Union flag, and the corporate flag of ENSOSP (see photos by Dominique Pipet, December 2008).
The flag is blue with an orange disc at the centre on which is superimposed the blue civil defence triangle; these being the international emblem of civil defence as prescribed by the Geneva convention protocols. The text "SECURITE CIVILE FRANCAISE" appears in white encircling the orange disc.

Oddly enough, the DSC does not follow the rules issued by the French Academy. The writing should be "SÉCURITÉ CIVILE FRANÇAISE". Moreover, the name Sécurité civile française does not seem to exist officially!

Herman Felani & Ivan Sache, 11 January 2009