06/17/2015 News

SNSM Partnership

Mécénat Total SNSM (14)

Innovation Enabling Safety

Because marine safety matters to Total, the Group has been working with SNSM since 2008 with the aim of improving water rescue efforts.
Through their innovative partnership, the two have been able to develop and purchase technical safety equipment designed specially for rescue, as well as for intensive volunteer and rescuer training programmes.
The main sponsor to SNSM, Total has renewed its partnership for a five-year period in 2013, dedicating €10 million to the undertaking.
7,000 volunteers at 232 rescue stations now benefit from the cooperation.

Protecting people

In 2008 and 2009, Total Group funded new individual safety equipment incorporating the latest technologies to benefit the SNSM's 7,000 volunteers. The floating rescue crew at Sauveteurs Embarqués, for instance, was supplied with equipment capable of holding up against the harshest weather conditions: marine jackets and coveralls, protective headgear, life jackets, lifelines, etc.
The on-shore rescue crew Nageurs Sauveteurs, which guards the beaches in the summer, received individual technical equipment specially developed for coastal rescue: isothermic bodysuits, life jackets, etc., as well as jet-skis specially designed for marine rescue.

Developing Nautical Safety Equipment

The partnership has made it possible to develop, purchase and equip rescue rafts and safety equipment. Semi-automatic defibrillators, suited for use in marine environments, night vision binoculars, water-proof VHF and 1,400 individual hands-free communication systems, specially designed to be effective in noisy and marine environments have also been added to the rescue boats. Stabiliser jackets, pressure reducers, octopuses and latest-generation computers have also been provided to the on-board diving crews.
In 2013, the fleet was supplemented with ten new jet skis, developed for use by the Training and Rescue Centres (CFI). In 2014, 98 IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boats) were added to the 32 CFIs used by the Sauveteurs en Mer floating rescue team. The IRBs were the result of nearly two years of effort on the part of SNSM researchers, in close conjunction with French shipbuilder SILLINGER, which ultimately produced the boats. The idea was to develop a proprietary vessel, ideally suited and equipped for marine rescue.

Rescue Training

The National Training Hub in Saint-Nazaire was inaugurated in June 2011. This unique facility can accommodate special training for SNSM volunteers, marine rescue teams and coastal rescue teams. It is fully equipped and autonomous, offering both classroom theory courses and real-life training on the seas.
An ultra-modern navigation and rescue operation command simulator (replicating a first-class rescue cutter) combines theory and practice, all in one place.

A Lasting Partnership

The sponsorship agreement, which was renewed for a period of 5 years in January 2013, will make it possible to fund new training and safety equipment programmes for all SNSM volunteers.

 

Training Young People to save lives

 

One of SNSM’s priorities is providing intensive training for 500 young lifeguards annually, to ensure that rescuers maintain their skills at a high level. The organization has 32 training centers, where students acquire accredited skills and also learn about civic values. These responsibilities often prompt the young volunteers to pursue careers in critical services such as safety, firefighting and the navy.

A word from DIDIER MOREAU; Director of Operational Training, Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer

“ Beyond the technical aspects of our training, our goal is to instill a sense of engagement, selflessness and teamwork in the young people we see.”

“ Young people often lack direction — our goal is to give them a sense of responsibility and civic engagement. In many cases, that helps them define their future career path.”

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

  • Partenariat Total et SNSM

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