Among the people who reacted on the day that the Notre Dame cathedral caught fire was the president of the United States, who sent out a tweet:
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!Not long thereafter, France's civil security agency responded to Donald Trump's tweet by saying that using Canadair planes is not an option: dropping tons of water on the building could cause the entire structure to collapse.
This led in turn to a reaction from a reader who, after a talk with his local Fire Marshal, wrote that "If it's a firefighter [who made that comment], he should be fired immediately."
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In any case, a number of Frenchmen responded to the civil security agency by saying that dropping water from the air does not need to involve sizable planes filled to capacity with huge loads of water — as it happens, Trump did not specifically mention airplanes either, simply aircraft — but can entail helicopters doing the work (with one tweet showing a Los Angeles county chopper in action).
🤔 J'ai bien compris qu'une intervention des canadaires était trop dangereuse pour l'édifice, mais quid d'hélicoptères bombardiers d'eau? #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/D8M5CJxO9v— Thibault Lbt (@Nomad1108) April 17, 2019