Signature of a partnership between Aix-Marseille Université and the Bouches-du-Rhône departmental fire and rescue service

Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) and the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS 13) have signed a framework agreement for the first time to formalize their collaboration, in the presence of Éric Berton, President of Aix-Marseille Université, Richard Mallié, President of the SDIS 13, Grégory Allione, Comptroller General, Departmental Director of the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Fire and Rescue Service, and Charlie Barla, Director of the CISAM.

June 30, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Marseille

- Le Pharo (58 bd Charles Livon, 13007 Marseille)

This cooperation will enable the development of common lines of work: with a view to increasing the potential for innovation in the firefighting community and fire and rescue service agents on the one hand, and to meet the need for applied research for the academic world and associated companies on the other. In this agreement, AMU and SDIS 13 have together defined 4 main areas of collaboration:

- Research and valorization, - The acculturation of the student world to civil protection, - The development of a new approach to civil protection - Training exchanges between the two Parties.

About Aix-Marseille University The largest French-speaking university, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) is home to 80,000 students and nearly 8,000 staff on 5 large campuses with international standards. Owner of its heritage, the university is present in 9 major cities in 4 departments.

Its A*Midex University Foundation, which is the bearer of the IDEX, contributes to the development of a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary pole of higher education and research of world rank. Known as a "research-intensive university", it is home to 113 research units, 9 federations and some 50 technology platforms linked to major national organizations.

AMU is committed to interdisciplinarity, which is at the heart of its strategy and training. It has already created Territorial Innovation Poles (PIT), access for economic players to certified technological platforms, the Aix-Marseille City of Innovation and Knowledge (CISAM) and 18 institutes guaranteeing bridges between research and training. A responsible and committed university, Aix-Marseille Université makes "living together" a priority and is renowned in international rankings for its anti-discrimination policy and, more globally, its CSR policy. Widely open to the world since its creation (10,000 international students and more than 40 degrees in international partnership) it is the winner of the European Commission’s call for projects to build with its 9 European partners "CIVIS, a European Civic University", contributing to the major societal challenges oriented particularly towards Africa and the Mediterranean.

The University is also a leader in the field of social sciences and humanities.

About SDIS 13 The Bouches-du-Rhône departmental fire and rescue service is a strong unit of 7,120 men and women committed to defending property, people and the environment on a daily basis (4,800 volunteer firefighters, 1,260 professional firefighters, 415 administrative and technical agents and 645 young firefighters). This departmental corps relies on 60 operational units which constitute a significant territorial network, enabling the Fire Brigade to carry out nearly 158,000 interventions per year. The Firefighters13 thus provide many missions: personal assistance, the fight against urban fires, industrial fires, forest fires but also chemical, radiological risk.

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