Firehouse Interview

Warren E. McDaniels Sr., superintendent of the New Orleans Fire Department, reviews his department's progress and looks toward the future.


Warren E. McDaniels Sr. was appointed to the New Orleans Fire Department in 1969. He has advanced through the ranks of the department, serving as apparatus operator, company officer, training captain, fire science instructor at Delgado Community College, chief of administration and assistant...


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McDaniels: We are looking at adding PowerPoint programs and courses for officers from the National Fire Academy. In-service training continues at the local level or at the training school.

Firehouse: Have your recruitment programs been successful in adding women to the ranks?

McDaniels: Candidates who can pass the rigors of training are needed. We have one female who will become a probationary member. There are two more who are entering recruit school. We are concentrating our efforts so that the program will expand.

Firehouse: Is it true that the public really likes and appreciates the service that the fire department provides?

McDaniels: In a recent city government study, 89% of the public said it has extreme confidence in the fire department. I tell the department we need to keep confidence and provide the service the citizens need.

Firehouse: You are a member of a number of national fire service associations and boards. How has that helped you and the department?

McDaniels: Being on the Board of Visitors of the National Fire Academy has kept me on the forefront of training. With the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), I've kept up on codes and standards. I am the immediate past president of the Metro Chiefs section of the IAFC.

There is a great deal of esteem that the department has received on the national level. I am able to keep up with the trends within the fire service and with people from across the country and around the world.

Firehouse: Are there any other future plans for the department?

McDaniels: I would like to bring the department strength from 700 to 800. We have four person staffing now and have an adequate first alarm response. We are well qualified in the future to take over EMS. But there are no plans presently.