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Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans Fire Department (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-10-07

Duration: 00:06:32

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Disaster response and recovery | New Orleans Fire Department | Fire fighters


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • LaBauve, Randy Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Brown, Quentin Interviewee
  • Lampard, Patrick Interviewee
  • Hampton, Richard Interviewee
  • Hebert, Marjorie Interviewee
  • Meyers, Harold Interviewee


This segment from the October 7, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Randy LaBauve’s report on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD). He talks to Captain Quentin Brown, Chief Patrick Lampard, and District Chief Richard Hampton about the NOFD’s work in evacuating New Orleans residents in the days following the storm, their inability to talk to their families because of the city’s communication breakdown, 70%-80% of the firefighters losing their homes in the storm, and the help they have received from the New York City and Chicago Fire Departments. LaBauve also speaks to Assistant Chief Harold Meyers of the New York City Fire Department about his department’s eagerness in helping the NOFD because of the aid they received following 9/11 and the brotherhood of firefighters. Host: Robyn Ekings