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Mayor Mitch Landrieu, at Friday's press conference.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is facing house arrest unless he comes up with a way to pay city firefighters $75 million in back wages.

Robert McCoy, Captain, New Orleans Fire Department, recalls rescuing a man trapped in his flooded home.

Interview by Mark Cave for The Historic New Orleans Collection, December 29, 2005.

The Katrina Files feature the perspectives of first responders who worked in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Gordon Cagnolatti, District Chief, New Orleans Fire Department, discusses the creation of the West Bank compound — which came to be known as the “Katrina Hilton” — where the NOFD regrouped after the flood waters rose.

Interview by Mark Cave for The Historic New Orleans Collection, January 24, 2006.

Thomas Howley, Captain, New Orleans Fire Department, on safety measures taken during search and rescue missions.

Interview by Mark Cave for The Historic New Orleans Collection, April 28, 2006.

The Katrina Files feature the perspectives of first responders who worked in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has released his wish list for the current session of the State Legislature. Items requested by City Hall include a tax increase for public safety and a more aggressive approach to clearing blighted property.

April Siese

 

The New Orleans Fire Department battled an early morning five-alarm fire in the city's Bywater neighborhood.

There were reports of damage to at least two homes and two warehouses in the area. No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported around 1 a.m. It was under control by 3 a.m., but firefighters stayed on the scene through the morning to battle hot spots.

City of New Orleans

Timothy A. McConnell was named the New Orleans Fire Department's new Superintendent in a press conference held at City Hall on Wednesday.

McConnell, a 29-year veteran of the department, is the NOFD's eleventh superintendent since its founding as a modern firefighting organization in December 1891. McConnell joined the department in 1984 as a 22-year-old, according to information provided by the city, and rose through the ranks quickly.