A way to show the magnitude of the work, but also respond to the many criticisms. Also, a firefighter leader in the Rhône-Alpes has explained on Twitter : “the difficulties of the task facing the gigantic fire from the roof of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame”. While some (including Donald Trump) wondered why they were not used in aircraft, he explains how their use would have been risky and devastating : “Aircraft : They drop 6 tons of water. Bad idea in the face of a structure fire and therefore very fragile. In addition, the replenishment is carried out on water bodies of the 2km long and wide enough to accommodate these big birds.”.
He also explained that the firefighters have attempted to “share the fire”, that is to say, “give a portion to the fire to focus on what can be saved. In this case, the frame composed of wood from solid oak, is not can be saved. It is a real blaze. We are going to try to avoid the spreading to the adjacent parts.”.
“There is a part which is less visible in the work of the fire department”
A major work is not always visible : “there is a part which is less visible in the work of the fire department. There are those who take care of the water supply in the gear. They pull of km of pipes to connect to the poles : in fact, it’s impossible to use a single of the needs hydraulic. There are certainly also many colleagues at the interior of the cathedral, evacuated the works to protect them against a possible spread, but also of the extinguishing water, which can destroy them.”
Also, our thoughts go out to this firefighter “seriously injured“, according to the general Jean-Claude Gallet, commander of the BSPP. If the fire is extinguished, this does not mean that the work of the firefighters is over : now begins a work “of monitoring and verification of stability of structures”, and the evacuation of the works that are in the interior of the cathedral.