The oldest documents identifying government sanctioned African American firefighters were found in New Orleans, Louisiana. A devastating fire in July 1817 led the governing body to organize its people to avoid another conflagration. All draymen and their equipment as well as individual free men of color and slaves were recruited.
Historical documents identify George Mondy (deceased 1996) as the first paid African-American member hired for service with the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) in February of 1965. He retired in 1991 but was rehired to serve as Fire Supply Technician. Mondy opened the doors of professional firefighting to other black firefighters like Chief Warren McDaniels (deceased 2008).
Chief McDaniels entered the New Orleans Fire Department on October 19, 1969 as a firefighter. He served in almost every rank of the department. On March 31, 1993, He became the ninth Superintendent in the history of the New Orleans Fire Department, and the first African American to serve at this post. McDaniels served as the President of The Black Association of New Orleans Fire Fighters, established on May 4, 1978.
The Black Assoication of New Orleans Fire Fighters (B.A.N.O.F.F.)
To promote interracial progress throughout the fire service, and to ensure that competent minorities from within our community are recruited and employed in the fire service; also aiding in the motivation of our Brothers and Sisters to seek advancement to higher rank in the New Orleans Fire Department.
To create a liaison between our communities: To compile and evaluate data concerning unfair, deleterious and unjust conditions that exist in the fire service, and implement action to correct such injustices.
As firefighters it is our duty to serve the citizens of New Orleans. As members of the B.A.N.O.F.F. it is our responsibility to give back to our community. Each year we partner with a local charitable nonprofit by volunteering as mentors or helping with fundraising events. Annually we support two local Senior Centers and serve Holiday Luncheons to seniors.
B.A.N.O.F.F. will also assists families who have become displaced due to a fire in their home, support families in need during the holiday season, and provide small scholarships to students who are children of B.A.N.O.F.F. members.
Each year BANOFF supports our seniors by providing Thanksgiving Holiday Meas for seniors in the Lower 9th Ward and New Orleans East
BANOFF members and family come together to participate in the MLK March . We seek to have a strong presence each year.
We support college bound dependents of BANOFF members. Scholarship forms will be available soon.
Fire Service Education
We assist with scheduling EDI credit cources and study groups for promotional exams,
Assistance to Families
Displaced by Fire
When a family becomes displaced due to a fire we collect donations and offer short-term support.
We monitor equal opportunities in the hiring and promoting of qualified minorities and the fair treatment of all NOFD employees.
UNITY ENSURES LONGEVITY
"“Fire service is my life. I was honored to be the first African American in many of the ranks, including the first Black Superintendent of the New Orleans Fire Department in 1991. I had the privilege to serve a Chairman of the Metro Fire Chiefs, to serve on the Board of the International Association of Black Fire Fighters, to hold the position of Chairman of the Board of Volunteers of America, and to teach fire protection at local community colleges. Above all I had the incredible opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of with some of our nation’s true heroes. All of these experiences are the lenses for which I look at the role of fire service.” - Warren McDaniels, 2008 -
Our photo galleries for events over previous years
B.A.N.O.F.F. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vice President / Acting Secretaty
Acting Tresurer / Parliamentarian
We sponsor and support local, regional, and national events throughout the year (BANOFF Calendar)
Please visit the IABPFF SCR website for Regional Updates and the IABPFF for International Updates
IABPFF President - Carrie Edwards-Clemons
The NOPD salutes NOFD interim Superintendent Roman Nelson
The men and women of the New Orleans Fire Department congratulated New Orleans Fire Department interim Superintendent Roman Nelson on his new appointment.
October 23, 2020
LOCAL - REGIONAL - INTERNATIONAL
On February 13, 2019 BANOFF celebrated our 41st Anniversary. Honored were Clarence Blackmon and Robert Johnson for their years of service in the NOFD and longtime membership with BANOFF.
Check our calendar for local chapter meetings and events. You mau also check for other ecents: Retired and Active Duty Reunion, EDI Classes, IABPFF Regional Conference, and IABPFF International Conference.
Office: 625 Celest Street Ste. 204 - New Orleans, LA 70130 Phone: (504) 656-6339
Mailing: P. O. Box 791852 - New Orleans, LA 70179 Email: Banoff.firstname.lastname@example.org