The firefighters of Louvres, Roissy, Goussainville will not have to ensure in June the interventions on the sector of Survilliers - Saint-Witz to compensate for the absence of volunteer firefighters from this station. In open conflict with their superiors, for many months, they had decided to ensure only a minimum of guard duty in June, 48 hours each, which risked compromising the proper functioning of the barracks. It has about forty volunteer firefighters for 15 professionals. However, the organization asks to have 7 firefighters during the day and 7 at night.
Finally, the conflict found its epilogue at the beginning of the week. The transfer of the head of the centre has been announced. "Some time ago, he asked for mobility on a vacant position. Based on certain elements, there was no longer any reason to oppose it, "explains the Comptroller General Laurent Chavillon.
A relief for the volunteer firefighters who reported for many months "remonstrances, systematic criticism, denigration, repeated calls during rest". "We triggered reports because we felt we were not being heard by our superiors," says one of them, who complains about the silence of the hierarchy.
An administrative investigation opened
However, it has not remained inactive, according to the Comptroller General Laurent Chavillon. "The reports have been brought to our attention. About ten days later, the president of the board of directors of the departmental fire and rescue service (Sdis), Luc Strehaiano, validated the principle of an administrative investigation. The interviews have begun, "says the boss of the fire department of the department, who had also moved to the station to meet the agents. "I think the staff did not understand the importance of an administrative investigation," says Laurent Chavillon, who clearly told them that he disapproved of their way of doing things. "The fact of organizing a withdrawal of availability, of using the status of volunteer for the purposes of leverage, of balance of power does not correspond to the state of mind of the firefighters. "
For the representative of the CGT union, Peter Gurruchaga, this situation highlights the very organization of the Sdis. "In the Val-d'Oise, civil security is largely based on volunteer firefighters on guards. The latter do not depend on the Labour Code, so are not subject to its obligations. "In France, out of five firefighters, four are volunteers. And in Ile-de-France there is one professional for every two volunteers, relativizes the Comptroller General. With 39 barracks, the department has a very dense network. »