On Thursday, May 6, the members of the Monaco Fire Brigade were gathered on the Campanin square in Fontvieille for the ceremony of handing over service helmets to young recruits and the handing out of awards to members who have distinguished themselves in recent callouts.

The entire operation was under the command of Colonel Fassiaux, Head of the Corps, in the presence of Mr. Christophe Prat, Director General of the Department of the Interior, Colonel Tony Varo, Superior Commander of the Force Publique, and Father Christian Venard, Chaplain, who blessed the helmets.

The eight young recruits came from the class dubbed “Commandant Rafin,” named after a former chef de corps, from the Regiment of firefighters of Paris, who served in the Principality from 1919 to 1937. The presentation of the helmets marked the end of a five-month training course.

The ceremony symbolised the recruits’ commitment and also their sense of belonging to the brigade. It also bears witness to the fraternal bond that now unites them with their 146 brothers in arms, whom they now join, in the missions of protection and safeguarding of people and property, in the Principality and also in neighbouring municipalities.

They will henceforth share the motto of the Corps: “Courage – Dedication – Sacrifice”, with pride and dignity. The ceremony continued with the presentation of awards.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Monaco Government Press Service PHOTO: Michael Alesi