French Securite Civile

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Service Nationale de Protection Civile (SNPC) was first established in 1951 primarily to aid the civil population in the event of a nuclear war. It soon possessed considerable firefighting and rescue capabilities to meet this task. With this capability it was often called into help after natural disasters and accidents. In 1957 the Groupement d’Helicopteres was created, intially flying the Agusta-Bell AB.47. The helicopter fleet soon expanded, and in 1963 the first fixed-wing water-bomber aircraft were ordered. They entered service the following year from a new base at Marignane. By 1975 the organisation had become much more orientated towards its day-to-day accident response, rescue and fire-fighting roles than its original nuclear preparedness role, and so was renamed Sécurité Civile. In 2011 a new centralised headquarters structure was created under the title Direction générale de la sécurité civile et de la gestion des crises (DGSCGC). The Sécurité Civile remains a civil defence organisation, involved in coast guard, Search and Rescue, ambulance and fire-fighting duties.

Key Dates

17 November 1951    Service Nationale de Protection Civile first established.
1957    First helicopters obtained.
1963    First water-bomber aircraft obtained.
23 July 1975    Protection Civile renamed Sécurité Civile.
7 September 2011    New oversight board for Sécurité Civile created.

Current Status

The SC aircraft are used for rescue and aerial fire fighting.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

Securite Civile helicopters used to operate in an overall red colour scheme with a white fuselage cheatline. The titles SECURITE CIVILE were carried on the tail boom and under the nose, an Air Force-style French national roundel was displayed on the rear fuselage and the Securite Civile logo of a blue triangle on an orange disc was shown on the cabin door. Nowadays, all the EC145s operate in a red and yellow colour scheme, with SECURITE CIVILE titles under the cabin door. The national roundel remains on the rear fuselage but the SC triangle and disc logo appears on the rotor pylon.

The fixed-wing aircraft operate in a variety of colour schemes. The CL-415s uses a red and yellow scheme with SECURITE CIVILE titles on the fuselage sides. The Firecats use a white and red scheme and the Q400s a unique white scheme with a gently waving red/white/black/white/red cheatline.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

French Civil Defence aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in the F-ZBxx series, eg: CL-415 F-ZBFN. The limited range of letters means that registrations are re-used when aircraft are retired. The Canadairs and Firecats also carry large ‘fleet numbers’ in the range 1-99.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises, 87 Quai du Docteur Dervaux, Asnieres, Ille-de-France, Paris.

Organisational Structure

The Sécurité Civile is divided into four Sous-Direction, one of which is the Sous-Direction de Moyens Nationaux (Sub-Directorate of National Means). This Sous-Direction controls the Bureau de Moyens Aeriens (Office of Air Assets, BMA). The BMA is divided into the Groupement des Helicopteres de la Securite Civile and the Groupement des Avions Bombardiers d’Eau.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See table of unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official Sécurité Civile webpage

wikipedia: Sécurité Civile
wikipedia.fr: Sécurité Civile en France

airliners.net

Groupement Hélicoptères: Sécurité Civile

Les hélicoptères de la Sécurité Civile

Facebook: Securite Civile

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

All-Time Units Listing

of the French Securite Civile

This page lists all the flying units of the Securite Civile, since its formation.

Groupement d’Helicopteres de la Securite Civile
Groupement des Avions Bombardiers de’Eau
Centre de Maintenance

Bases Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Ajaccio
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Annecy
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Bastia
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Besancon
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Merignac
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Cannes
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Clermont
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Granville
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Grenoble
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de La Rochelle
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Le Havre
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Le Touquet
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Lorient
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Lyon
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Marseille
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Montpellier
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Nimes
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Paris
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Pau
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Perpignan
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Quimper
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Strasbourg
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Gaudeloupe
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Martinique
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Lille – Disbanded

Detachement Saisonnier
Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Chamonix
Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Courcheval
Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Lacanau
Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Alpes d’Huez
Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Le Luc
Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Mende
Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Gavarnie
Detachement Saisonnier de la Avions Bombardiers de’Eau Ajaccio
Detachement Saisonnier de la Avions Bombardiers de’Eau Bastia
Detachement Saisonnier de la Avions Bombardiers de’Eau Cannes

Current Unit Assignments

of the French Securite Civile
Unit Type Base
Groupement d’Helicopteres de la Securite Civile – HQ Paris
Centre de Maintenance Nimes-Garons
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Ajaccio 1 x EC145 (Dragon 2A) Ajaccio-Campo dell’Oro
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Annecy 2 x EC145 (Dragon 74) Annecy-Meythet
– Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Chamonix 1 x EC145 Chamonix
– Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Courcheval 1 x EC145 Courcheval
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Bastia 1 x EC145 (Dragon 2B) Bastia-Poretta
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Besancon 1 x EC145 (Dragon 25) Besancon-La Veze
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Merignac 1 x EC145 (Dragon 33) Bordeaux-Merignac
– Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Lacanau 1 x EC145 Lacanau
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Cannes 1 x EC145 (Dragon 06) Cannes-Mandelieu
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Clermont 1 x EC145 (Dragon 63) Clermont Ferrand-Aulnat
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Granville 1 x EC145 (Dragon 50) Granville – Donville-les-Bains
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Grenoble 1 x EC145 (Dragon 38) Grenoble-Versoud
– Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Alpes d’Huez 1 x EC145 Alpes d’Huez
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de La Rochelle 1 x EC145 (Dragon 17) La Rochelle-Ille de Re
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Le Havre 1 x EC145 (Dragon 76) Le Havre-Octeville
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Le Touquet 1 x EC145 (Dragon 62) Le Touquet
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Lorient 1 x EC145 (Dragon 56) Lorient – Lann-Bihoue
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Lyon 1 x EC145 (Dragon 69) Lyon-Bron
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Marseille 1 x EC145 (Dragon 13) Marseille-Marignane
– Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Le Luc 1 x EC145 (Dragon 83) Le Luc
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Montpellier 2 x EC145 (Dragon 34 & 48) Montpellier-Frejorgues
– Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Mende 1 x EC145 (Dragon ??) Mende
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Nimes 7 x EC145 (Dragon 30) Nimes-Garons
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Paris 2 x EC145 (Dragon 75) Paris-Issy les Moulineaux
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Pau 1 x EC145 (Dragon 64) Pau-Uzein
– Detachement Saisonnier de la Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Gavarnie 1 x EC145 (Dragon 64) Gavarnie
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Perpignan 1 x EC145 (Dragon 66) Perpignan-Rivesaltes
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Quimper 1 x EC145 (Dragon 29) Quimper-Pluguffan
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Strasbourg 1 x EC145 (Dragon 67) Strasbourg-Entzheim
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Gaudeloupe 1 x EC145 (Dragon 971) Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe
Base Hélicoptères Sécurité Civile de Martinique 1 x EC145 (Dragon 972) Fort de France, Martinique
Groupement des Avions Bombardiers de’Eau – Marignane
  2 x Q400, 3 x Super King Air 200, 12 x Turbo Firecat, 10 x CL-415 Marseille-Marignane
Detachement Saisonnier de la Avions Bombardiers de’Eau Ajaccio Ajaccio
Detachement Saisonnier de la Avions Bombardiers de’Eau Bastia Bastia
Detachement Saisonnier de la Avions Bombardiers de’Eau Cannes Cannes
Detachement Saisonnier de la Avions Bombardiers de’Eau Carcassonne Carcassonne-Salvaza

All-Time Aircraft Used List
French Civil Defence

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander RC680F 1 19?? 19?? USA
Aerospatiale AS 332L-1 Puma 1 19?? 19?? France
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 8 1986 20?? France
Aerospatiale AS 365C-1 Dauphin 2 6 1982 19?? France
Agusta-Bell AB.47G 2 1957 1971 Italy
Agusta-Bell AB.47J 1 19?? 1971 Italy
Beech King Air C90 1 1971 1994 USA
Beech Super King Air 200 3 1990 current USA
Bell 47G 3 19?? 1971 USA
Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 2 2005 current Canada
Canadair CL-215 15 1969 1996 Canada
Canadair CL-415 15 1995 current Canada
Cessna L-19A Bird Dog 1 19?? 19?? USA
Conair Firecat 17 1982 200? Canada
Conair Turbo Firecat 15 & 1993 current Canada
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina 7 1973 1970 USA
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina 2 1964 1970 USA
Douglas DC-6B 5 1980 19?? USA
Eurocopter EC145C2 38 2001 current Germany
Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma 1 2007 2007 Eurocopter loan
Fokker F27-600 2 1988 2005 Canada?
IAR IAR.316 Alouette III 1 19?? 19?? Romania
Max Holste MH.1521M Broussard 3 19?? 19?? France
Piper PA-31 Navajo 3 1976 19?? USA
Sud Aviation SA 313B Alouette II 13 1958 19?? France
Sud Aviation SA 316B Alouette III 32 1962 2009 France

& = 5 plus 10 Firecat conversions

Current Aircraft Inventory
French Civil Defence Agency

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role Origin
Beech Super King Air 200 3 3 Utility USA
Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 2 2 Fire Bombing Canada
Canadair CL-415 15 10 Fire Bombing Canada
Conair Turbo Firecat 15 12 Fire Bombing Canada
Eurocopter EC145 38 35 Utility/SAR Germany

National Markings
Ukrainian Civil Defence Agency

of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine since its formation:


             
                  Main Marking                        Fin Flash

1992 – present
Emergency Service aircraft and helcopters are characterised by distinctive blue and yellow or red and white stripes along the fuselage. In addition, the service insignia is carried on the forward or centre fuselage. This service insignia consists of an orange cross on a white background on a red disc. Helicopters also display a roundel in the national colours on the fuselage sides or on the fin. Fixed wing aircraft don’t carry roundels, but instead have the national trident insignia as a fin flash. Service titles in cyrillic are worn on the fuselage sides of fixed wing aircraft, but not helicopters: MHC України.

 
A copy of a close-up photo of the MHC insignia carried on aircraft would be appreciated.