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Change of command of the Fire Brigade

On Friday 8 October, at the end of the morning, H.S.H. Prince Albert II and H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover attended the handover of command of the Monaco Fire Brigade in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace of Monaco in the presence of H.E. the Minister of State, the Monegasque authorities and the families of the brigade.

The change of command ceremony between Colonel Norbert Fassiaux leaving the command and Commander Maxime Yvrard taking over the command, took place under the orders of Colonel Tony Varo, Superior Commander of the Public Force and to the beat of the Prince's Carabinieri Orchestra.

At the age of 21, Norbert Fassiaux joined the Monaco Fire Brigade on 1 January 1983 with the rank of Lieutenant. Over four decades, he climbed the ranks to become Chief of Corps on 17 September 2018. He is the first Monegasque to hold this position since the creation of the company by Prince Albert I in 1909. After 38 years in the service of the Monaco Fire Brigade, Colonel Norbert Fassiaux is stepping down as head of the institution.

Commander Maxime Yvrard, who spent several years with the Marseille Marine Fire Brigade, joined the ranks of the Monegasque fire brigade in November 2015. Seconded from the French army for three years, he was in charge of risk analysis and the distribution of emergency services in the Principality. He also piloted the redesign of the operational centre, located at the Condamine fire station, which was inaugurated by H.S.H. the Prince on 19 September 2020. Commander Maxime Yvrard becomes the 12th Chief of the Monaco Fire Brigade.

The ceremony ended with a cocktail party in the Gardens of the Palace of Monaco in the presence of H.S.H. the Prince, H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover and a number of guests.

Change of command of the Fire Brigade