Today there was a special ceremony at NOFD headquarters. It is a tradition in the fire department that signifies the passing of leadership to the new Superintendent Timothy McConnell.
Dozens of fire chiefs and other employees of the fire department lined up to salute retired Superintendent Charles Parent as he was driven out the fire house. McConnell has been with the department for nearly 30 years and was even serving as interim Superintendent whileParent was on medical leave.
Today Parent passed the ceremonial trumpet to McConnell.He explained that before there were airmasks chiefs used trumpets to command their crews. That's how trumpets came to signify leadership in the fire department.