Agreement between the COM, the Armed Forces in the West Indies and Grand-Case airport

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This Thursday, September 22 took place the signing of a tripartite agreement for the delivery of a crisis management container from the Collectivity of Saint-Martin to the Armed Forces in the Antilles (FAA) in order to provide emergency equipment in cyclone warning event.

The meeting was held on a brand new tarmac, at Grand-Case Espérance airport, which was represented by Pascal Marcoux, director of the EDEIS group. He was accompanied, among others, by Louis Mussington, president of the Collectivity of Saint-Martin, Rear-Admiral Eric Aymard, senior commander of the Armed Forces in the West Indies (COMSUP FAA) who made the trip from Fort-de- France and Vincent Berton, Delegate Prefect of the Northern Islands, invited for the occasion. Christophe Lieb from the Department of Public Tranquility and Major Risk Prevention within the Community and Mélodie Illidge-Jenkins, his deputy and in charge of Major Risks, were also present for having largely contributed to the realization of this project. The Collectivity therefore now provides free new essential equipment intended for the armed forces for clearing in the event of an alert. This equipment, which nevertheless remains the property of the Collectivity, includes generators, projectors, grinders, diamond blades, hatchets, shovels, pickaxes, saws, hammers, thermal chainsaws, machetes, first aid kits, tarpaulins and other useful accessories in case of ASF deployment. The total amount of equipment useful for crisis management in the event of a major meteorological phenomenon stored in a 20-foot container fixed to the ground and positioned in the secure enclosure of Grand-Case airport amounts to 20.335,10, 36€. It is fully supported by the Collectivity, which has the will to concretely equip the military for more efficiency and speed in the field. This will is rare enough to report it, even if all the parties keep the hope of never having to use this emergency equipment which would result in a major natural disaster. During sovereignty missions, the FAA undertake to implement the equipment in order to ensure that it is operational. In case of triggering of the device driven by meteorological experts warning of the imminent arrival of a cyclonic phenomenon (48 to 15 hours before), the "harpoon" deployment is carried out with 30 to 5 soldiers projected. The latter set up their camp on the territory and take shelter during the passage of the cyclone. In the first hours after the hurricane, the military carried out cleaning and clearing, in partnership with the gendarmerie, which took care of security. For Rear-Admiral Eric Aymard, it is anticipation that predominates: “anticipate to make the right decisions. Having the emergency equipment already on site is essential. After visiting the container, the three parties, namely the Collectivité of Saint-Martin, the Armed Forces in the Antilles and the EDEIS group, signed the agreement for a renewable period of XNUMX years. _VX

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