It's literally "Central company of Rescue of the Shipwrecks".
Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer
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The Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM) is a French voluntary organisation founded in 1967 by merging the Société Centrale de Sauvetage des Naufragés (founded in 1865) and the Hospitaliers Sauveteurs Bretons (1873). Its task is saving lives at sea around the French coast, including the overseas départments and territories.
In contrast to the comparable British/Irish, Dutch and German organisations the SNSM is not entirely financed by private donations, but also by contributions of the national government, the regions, the départements and the local communities.
Temoignage de Reconnaissance is translated as "Testimony of Recognition".
Here's a translated article about SNSM:
The men of station SNSM of Audierne, national Company of the rescuers at sea, know perfectly the sea and its risks; a need when one must sail by all times. 20 men train the crew of station SNSM of Audierne. They know all the potential dangers of the sea and the rocks of the Strong currents of Centre, pitiless toward the sailors.
They are former fishing sailors, pensioners of the national or merchant Navy. But they are also people trained with the first aid, garage hands, plungers. Some members of the crew also work on platforms offshore oil rig and are thus present during two months of following ground, available to reinforce the crew, a crew resulting from various horizons, but which has only one concern: to render service. These men proceed on average to about thirty interventions per annum, to which an exit of drive once per month is added. 2005 are a "good year" because they for the moment did not intervene that with 22 recoveries.
introduce Jean-Yves Lescop, president of station SNSM of Audierne.
Louis Arhan, 60 years, is the owner of the boat of intervention since 2001. Former fileyor, accustomed coasts of the Cape Sizun,
it knows the least rock perfectly, here it is crucial
underline Jean-Yves Lescop.
If this former fishing sailor devotes himself today to the rescue at sea, it is to come to assistance of the others. It is also because it feels concerned:
At the time of a first exit with my fishing vessel, I broke down and the SNSM came to tow me. Today, it is my son who is on water as lignor; perhaps he takes risks and will have a need day for our assistance
The rescue at sea:
The Rescuers at sea are gathered since 1967 within an association, law 1901, recognized public utility: The National Company of Rescue at sea (S.N.S.M.).
The S.N.S.M. was born from the amalgamation of two Companies centenaries:
* 1865 - Central company of Rescue of the Shipwrecked men
* 1873 - Hospital Breton Rescuers
The S.N.S.M. counts 232 stations of rescue : the 2/3 permanent ones and small around fifty only opened the summer. These stations are distributed on all the coasts of France and in the DOM/TOM. Two new stations have just been open: MAYOTTE (the Comoros) and (New Caledonia).
At the first times of the rescue, each exit often concerned heroism, and the exploit was daily. Today, the Rescuers at sea leave by very hard seas that could not have faced the rescuers of the beginning of the century with their boats with oars and veils. The modern materials make it possible to move back the limits always further from the exploit. These entirely voluntary men leave in intervention, some is the hour of the day and the night, in the 15 minutes which follow the release of alarm.
But remain the same values which made these men, with the passing of years and rescues, of the heroes: courage, solidarity, voluntary help, competence. Since always, the authorities had in heart to reward exemplary bravery for these sailors and testified the recognition to them to the very whole Company, in their decreeing the highest distinctions. Twelve rescuers of the SNSM lost the life on mission of help during twenty last years. You want to know some more: click!
The link is:
Here's a translated link about a medal recipient...