the agonizing images of firefighters trapped in flames

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the agonizing images of firefighters trapped in flames


Firefighters filmed themselves inside a truck surrounded by flames, during the fire near Marseille a few days ago.





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Bringing the fire on the Côte Bleue under control took hours. During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, 1,800 firefighters fought relentlessly against the flames, who ran eight kilometers and ravaged more than 1,000 hectares close to Marseille. A video, shot inside a fire truck during the blaze, gives a glimpse of the virulence of the fire which ravaged several campsites and led to the evacuation of 2,700 people.

Through the windshield, glowing flames can be seen circling the vehicle. Inside, the anguish of the firefighters is palpable. “I’m stranded,” the driver says as the other members of his team ask him to get out of the truck. He finally succeeded, like the other firefighters in the truck, after having triggered “self-protection”. This defense system activates water jets on the vehicle, a kind of “water bubble” allowing one to get out of the truck trapped in flames, explains a journalist from BFMTV who shared the video. This reflex saved their lives.

These images captured during the intervention should never have filtered, regretted Captain Bernard Schifano, president of the Union des Pompiers 13, to Franceinfo. He said the department’s firefighters would be summoned after what he called “professional errors”.



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