Brigade de Sapeurs Pompiers Paris

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Brigade de Sapeurs Pompiers Paris
English Title:
Paris Fire Brigade
Abbreviation:
BSPP
First Established:
?
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
France
Status:
Disbanded

History

Narrative Summary

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.

Key Dates

18 September 1811    Paris Fire Brigade first established.
1968    First helicopter obtained by BSPP.
19??    Helicopter unit disbanded.

Current Status

The BSPP currently has no helicopter unit.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

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.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

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.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

√Čtat-Major de la Brigade de Sapeurs-pompiers de Paris, 3 Boulevard de l’Yser, 75017 Paris, France.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters were operated by the Flight Unit of the BSPP.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The helicopters were based at Paris-Le Bourget Airport?

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

wikipedia: Paris Fire Brigade
Alouette III photos

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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