// An educating institute (Aix-en-Provence)


The French Academy for Fire, Rescue and Civil Protection Officers (ENSOSP) is a national public administration. It depends upon the Interior Ministry that is in charge of civil protection. The ENSOSP is managed by the board of administrators.

The Academy was created 34 years ago to Nainville-les-Roches.The “new ENSOSP”, was officially inaugurated to Aix-en-Provence in 2011 by President of the Republic, Nicolas SARKOZY.

The French Academy for Fire, Rescue and Civil Protection Officers has 5 majors assignments, defined by a law :

- Initial and lifelong or vocational training for volunteer and professional firefighter officers 
- Training and courses for local authorities’ representatives, civil protection and government officers, industrial and international experts
- Animation of the network of local or regional firefighters schools, in particular coordination of trainings, researches and cooperation projects implemented by a number of Fire and Rescue colleges at local level
- Research, studies, evaluation, prospective, competitive intelligence as well as broadcasting of related information in the field of competence of Fire and rescue services
- Development of international relations in terms of research and exchange of knowledge, in particular in didactical development.


The ENSOSP is experienced by its participation in various international or European projects, workgroups.
The ENSOSP is also implicated in the EFSCA network (European Fire Services Colleges’ Association) and in the new Training Policy Group (TPG) for the European Disaster Managment Training Arrangements EUDMTA).
The ENSOSP has formed its 25 000 officers composing of firefighters, volunteers and professionals along with its medical teams (nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and veterinarians). The Academy is in charge of initial (56%), lifelong (32%), and specialized trainings (12%). 
Other audiences include local authorities representatives, government officers, business executives, French and international experts, and international firefighters. 
The Academy aims to meet the employers’ requirements of qualified firefighters and those of Directorate of Civil Security of norms respect. 
Thanks to its own initiatives and partnerships with various entities, the ENSOSP forms technical advisors for fire and rescue services and proposes several  Master Degrees in the areas of risk management, civil security law, and risk assessment in technological, biological, radiological, and chemical fields. 
Striking to achieve both expertise and excellence, the Academy proposes: 
- Firefighting training and first aid training using innovative simulation practical areas as urban, building and traffic road areas or medical emergency drills areas (SIMURGe) 
- Crisis and risk management 
- Human resources management 
- CBNR and environmental prevention and preparedness 
- Operational management 
- Training for medical executives 
- Senior officers training

// Figures in 2011

5 934 firefighter’s officers formed annually 

- About 265 training sessions each year 
- 71 678 trainees altogether in 2011 (in comparison to 30 000 in 2003) 
- More than 1 000 guest-speakers, 70 % coming from Fire & Rescue services and 30 % from public or private sectors