The Brigade de Sapeurs Pompiers Paris, (BSPP, Paris Fire Brigade), was first established in 1811. From the 1950s it co-operated closely with the French Civil Defence agency, the Protection Civile, (as it was then known). In 1968 the BSPP obtained a helicopter on loan from the Protection Civile and used it for aerial support of ground-based fire fighting. The original Alouette II was replaced by a more powerful Alouette III a year later, and by a Gazelle some time later. The Protection Civile was renamed the Securite Civile in 1975, and appears to have loaned a Super Puma for a while. The dedicated BSPP helicopter unit was later disbanded, and helicopter support is now provided by regular Securite Civile units.
|18 September 1811||Paris Fire Brigade first established.|
|1968||First helicopter obtained by BSPP.|
|19??||Helicopter unit disbanded.|
The BSPP currently has no helicopter unit.
No plan known.
BSPP helicopters retained their previous Securite Civile overall red colour scheme, with the replacement of the service title by BRIGADE DE SAPEURS-POMPIERS on the fuselage.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
BSPP helicopters carred French civil registrations in the Securite Civile sequence F-ZBxx, e.g. Alouette III F-ZBDC.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II||1||1968||??||Protection Civile|
|Sud Aviation SE 3160 Alouette III||1||1969||??||Protection Civile|
|Aerospatiale SA 341 Gazelle||1||??||??||Securite Civile|
|Aerospatiale AS 332 Super Puma||1||??||??||Securite Civile|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
État-Major de la Brigade de Sapeurs-pompiers de Paris, 3 Boulevard de l’Yser, 75017 Paris, France.
All helicopters were operated by the Flight Unit of the BSPP.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
All-Time Air Bases Used List
The helicopters were based at Paris-Le Bourget Airport?
French Aviation Bibliography – to be added
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