NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu named Timothy A. McConnell the eleventh Superintendent of the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD). As Superintendent, Chief McConnell will oversee nearly 700 fire personnel and 31 fire stations that operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
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“Chief McConnell has earned respect as a true public servant and I have 100 percent confidence in his ability to lead the city’s Fire Department. We should all be proud to see a native New Orleanian, who has committed nearly three decades of service, stand tall and rise to leadership” said Mayor Landrieu.
McConnell joined the NOFD in 1984 at the age of 22. He quickly advanced through the ranks of the department, becoming a Fire Apparatus Operator in 1993, Fire Captain in 1994, District Chief in 2001 and Assistant Superintendent in 2009. With over 29 years of service, Chief McConnell most recently served as Interim NOFD Superintendent standing in for Superintendent Charles Parent who took a medical leave in April 2013.
“I am both humbled and honored that Mayor Landrieu has chosen me to lead this proud and storied fire department. I could not be more proud than to have helped guide the City through Katrina and I look forward to the opportunity to lead the New Orleans Fire Department in becoming the model first responder agency for the 21st Century,” Chief McConnell said.
As Assistant Superintendent, McConnell was responsible for the Suppression and Logistics Divisions within the NOFD. Among his accomplishments, McConnell played an integral role in the rebuilding of fire stations after Hurricane Katrina. Under his direction, the NOFD restored 20 of the 23 engine houses that suffered flood and storm damage with the help of private donations and hundreds of volunteers. Through the creation of public-private partnerships, he helped to raise $1.25 million in funding and more than $250,000 in donated construction materials.
Most recently, McConnell was the Incident Commander for Super Bowl XLVII where he served on the Overall Steering Committee and in the NFL Unified Command.
Throughout his career, Chief McConnell has received numerous awards including, the 2008 New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent’s Award and 2007 Order of St. Louis Medal from Archbishop Alfred Hughes, for Leadership and Service to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
"Chief McConnell has the energy, the enthusiasm and the character to lead this fire department to greater heights," said former NOFD Superintendent Charles Parent. "I expect great things from him."
The New Orleans Fire Department responds to all emergency situations in the City of New Orleans to protect and save life and property. Daily, NOFD strives to reduce the incidence of fire and the loss of life and injuries to civilians and fire personnel.
The City posted the job opening for Fire Superintendent on the International Association of Fire Chiefs website in May 2013. Forty candidates applied for the position.