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Indre (Department, France)

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Administrative data

Code: 36
Region: Centre-Val de Loire
Traditional provinces: Berry, Touraine, Poitou, Marche
Bordering departments: Cher, Creuse, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Vienne, Haute-Vienne

Area: 6,903 km2
Population (2016): 223,505 inhabitants

Préfecture: Châteauroux
Sous-préfectures: Le Blanc, La Chatre, Issoudun
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 13 cantons, 242 municipalities.

The department is named after river Indre (265 km), a tributary to the Loire.

Ivan Sache, 11 April 2019

Flag of the former General Council


Flag of the former General Council of Indre - Image by Ivan Sache, 30 September 2009

The flag of the former General Council of Indre (photo, 7 August 2001) was white with the logo of the General Council.

The logo of the General Council, derived from a former logo, was made of a blue rectangle charged with a white raptor and "INDRE" in white letters. "CONSEIL GENERAL" is written in blue letters under the rectangle.
The raptor is a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus L.), locally known as scarcelle (in usual French, crécerelle). The bird is represented on the logo in its specific flight behaviour, known as "Holy Spirit", as a reference to the Holy Spirit's Dove. This is a nearly stationary flight, the bird facing the wind with its spread tail and wings forming a cross.
The bird most probably alludes to the region of Brenne, a flat area made of moors and more than 2,000 ponds, listed as a "humid area of international significance" by IUCN. More than 300 bird species can be spotted there; 40 of them, including the kestrel, live there all the year round.

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 30 September 2009

Firefighters of Indre


Flag of SDIS36 - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 23 March 2019

The departmental fire and rescue services (Services départementaux d'incendie et de secours, SDIS) are the public administrative bodies with a deliberating assembly that manage the firefighters at the departmental level. In the CASDIS (board of the departmental fire and rescue service) seat departmental councillors, mayors, presidents of intermunicipal authorities. The President of the Departmental Council is, by right, President of the CASDIS.

The flag of the SDIS36 (photo, photo), as seen in front of the headquarters of the fire service inaugurated in 2018, is white with the words "Sapeurs-Pompiers de l'Indre", a firefighter helmet, and the logo of the SDIS36 (a map of Indre with the departmental coat of arms, on which the blue field has been modified into black and with the word "Indre" on the shield, and a red helmet above).

Olivier Touzeau, 23 March 2019