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BY RAY McCORMACKUsually when we hear the term “urban wildland interface,” we think of forest fires encroaching on residential areas. In post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, we had a different mix of these terms. Members of the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Illinois firefighters, and U.S. Forest Service firefighters from the Midwest and West Pacific worked together in an unprecedented urban environment. This group of dedicated firefighters formed an engine company tanker task force that worked around the clock to provide a reliable water source for firefighting in the damaged city.Hurricane Katrina struck the NOFD hard, affecting ...

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