Carrier and the Indianapolis Colts help rebuild New Orleans Fire Department
Carrier Corp. will participate in the Hurricane Katrina rebuild effort by teaming with the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts to donate a commercial air conditioner and a automatic standby power generator to the New Orleans Fire Department. The donation will be made tonight (Sept. 6) at the National Football League season opening game between the New Orleans Saints and the Colts at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Carrier and the Colts will donate a 25-ton air-cooled chiller and a commercial series standby generator to the New Orleans Fire Department to help get a district fire house up and running. The fire department, which lost 22 of its 33 fire houses in Hurricane Katrina two years ago, has been working closely with actor Dennis Leary and his organization–the Leary Firefighters Foundation–to rebuild the lost fire houses. Seven of the fire houses have been rebuilt to date.
“The citizens of New Orleans are still suffering and their plight is in all of our hearts and minds.
“Carrier strongly believes in doing the right thing and when we found that we had the opportunity to help the New Orleans Fire Department in such a meaningful way, we were excited about the opportunity,” said David Meyers, president, Carrier Sales and Distribution. “Our sponsorship with the world champion Indianapolis Colts helped make this possible. It’s a great feeling to be a part of the effort to rebuild critical services to the City of New Orleans.”
Air conditioning will allow the New Orleans firefighters to finally move back into their district house, while the backup generator is critical to keep fire services going in the event of power loss. Earlier this year, the same firefighters who will move into the district house were ravaged by a tornado that hit the temporary housing trailer that currently serves as a makeshift base of operations.