Immediately, it was necessary to organize as quickly as the fire spread. Contacts between the Lucknow Municipal Council and the camp management, who had already been cooperating together before, date back to Monday evening. They continued at night from Monday to Tuesday. “I got a message at 2:45 a.m. telling me there were 180 firefighters to be moved. At 3 a.m., I sent a message to my team and at 4:30 a.m., they were there to set everything up,” says Jerome Placencia, site manager. Mobile homes with three to eight places were hastily equipped by dozens of employees still working at this time. In all, “we opened 350 beds,” their manager specifies. An exceptional situation was managed with apparent calm and essential support for city services, elected officials, and the many volunteers who offered their help.
“People are fully prepared. She is doing well,” Deputy Mayor Brun Marzat, flanked on Wednesday morning by Deputy Director General Dina Faria, says. Without neglecting her usual duties, the Town Hall provides the logistics of purchasing, transporting and storing food for the firefighters. Fruits compote, bread, jam, brioche, tea or coffee, ham… Everything for a full breakfast. With the special “breakfasts go on all day”, one volunteer smiles. The arrival and departure of the columns follow each other. Nearly 500 take turns A man and a woman rest here day and night.The first volunteers are there in the morning at 5:30 a.m. “We organized ourselves into groups of six volunteers at four-hour intervals,” explains Lidi, a camp resident assigned as the team coordinator.