The section Pyrénées-Garonne-Méditérannée (PyGarMed) of the French Committee of the Blue Shield, covering the South-West of France, organised a 3-day exercise (15-17 October 2018) simulating damage to museums’ collections. The event was organised in partnership the Service départemental d’incendie et de secours (SDIS) of l’Ariège.
The section installed a fake collection in an industrial building loaned by its owner and, with the county fire brigade, several type of exercises were organised:
- Collections burnt and impact of varied types of extinguishers;
- Evacuation of collections by the Fire Brigade, with rescue of damaged documents by our trainees;
- Simulation of flooding, with post-evacuation carried out by teams comprising both fire guards and members of the Blue Shield.
A film has been made of the exercise and should be released soon.