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


The National Fire Officers Academy (ENSOSP) has trained over 25 000 professional officers :

  • from the rank of Lieutenant to General controller ;
  • officers and professionnal and volunteer fire officers as well as health service officers (nurses, doctors, pharmacists, veterinarians).

The National Fire Officers Academy is a national public administration. It depends upon the General Directorate for Civil Protection and Crisis Management (DGSCGC), the Interior Ministry.

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 National Fire Officers Academy's missions (referred ton in article 2 Decree of 7 june 2004) :

  • Initial and lifelong training for volunteer and professional firefighter 
  • Fire training and rescue, trainings intended to elected officials, civil servants, business executives, French or foreign experts
  • Animation of the network of 65 local or regional firefighters schools, coordination between "préfets de zone" (multiregional prefects), trainings, actions and researches insured by these schools
  • Research, studies, evaluation, prospective, competitive intelligence as well as broadcasting of information irelated to civil protection
  • International cooperation especially in research and training.


The ENSOSP is experienced by its participation in various international or European projects, workgroups.

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 
  • Operational management and command
  • CBNR and environmental prevention and preparedness 
  • National network of ressources and knowledge (PNRS)
  • Training for medical executives
  • Educational engineering and training
  • International action

// Figures in 2017

  • 6 000 officers formed per year
  • 1 115 external instructors
  • On average 380 trainees on site
  • 65 000 nights per year
  • More than 180 000 meals per year
  • A budget  of 29.7 million euros