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The Katrina Files: The St. Bernard Parish Fire Department's Heroic Efforts

This month, as part of WWNO's ongoing Katrina 10 coverage, we bring you The Katrina Files: Reflections from First Responders. This series is based on oral histories conducted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and hosted by Paul Maassen.

In the spring of 2006, Mark Cave conducted interviews with members of the Saint Bernard Parish Fire Department to talk about their Katrina experiences. Members of the Fire Department were pre-positioned in sturdy buildings throughout St. Bernard  Parish prior to the storm, including St. Bernard High School and the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. 

Paul arrived at WWNO as general manager in March 2008. Since his arrival, Paul has strengthened the station’s finances, introduced new national news and information programs, revamped the digital WWNO2 schedule to complement 89.9, and launched digital WWNO3 as an all-jazz channel. He has placed new emphasis on WWNO’s role in the community, devoting resources to local news reporting and cultural features, and encouraging new collaborations among New Orleans’ cultural organizations and the region’s public media.