Who we are

WARUCENE was born in January 2020 from the pooling of people with rich backgrounds and skills around wildfires and the use of fire as a brush removing tool, in France and abroad.

Sébastien Lahaye, director

Sébastien Lahaye

PhD on extreme fires

  • Analysis of hundreds of fires,
  • One year in Australia @UNSW Canberra.

European project coordinator

  • Fire-In project for Safe Cluster
  • Permanent contact with fire and rescue services, research and innovation
  • Pau Costa Foundation employee (Spain)

Fire officer for 20 years

  • Incident Operations Commander
  • French burnboss for prescribed burn and tactical fire
  • Initiator of Fire Analysts in France
  • Prevention certificate

Romain Matile, co-founder

Romain Matile


  • Master of Biology and Ecology / Technical diploma in forest production, France
  • 6-month fellowship on prescribed burning, World Forestry Center, Oregon, USA 2019

Courses and experiences

  • Senior forest technician and sworn officer for the French public services in South of France for 12 years.
  • Instructor in wildfire risk prevention and for the surveillance of wildfires in natural areas in NC.
  • Forester in a private company and volunteer as firefighter in New-Caledonia for 5 years.
  • French burnboss for prescribed burning, having practiced in France, New Caledonia and in the USA.

ATRISC teams

Atrisc team

A company specializing in risk management since 2010, ATRISC supports WARUCENE.

Qualified and recognized experts

  • 16 partners and 50 experts in France
  • many of them senior firefighters
  • Training and crisis management
  • Emergency management consultancy
  • Risk management and business continuity training

ATRISC website