Carrier Corp. and the Indianapolis Colts are working together to help with the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort.

Carrier and the NFL football team donated a commercial air conditioner and an automatic standby power generator to the New Orleans Fire Department.

The donation was made at the Sept. 6 National Football League season-opening game between the New Orleans Saints and the Colts at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

Carrier and the Colts donated a 25-ton Aquasnap air-cooled chiller and a backup generator to the New Orleans Fire Department to help open a new firehouse. The fire department, which lost 22 of its 33 firehouses in Hurricane Katrina two years ago, has been working closely with actor Dennis Leary and his organization - the Leary Firefighters Foundation - to rebuild them. Seven of the firehouses have been rebuilt to date.

“The citizens of New Orleans are still suffering and their plight is in all of our hearts and minds. The Colts and Carrier partnering together to send much-needed equipment to the fire department is a small gesture that we hope makes a difference,” said Tom Zupancic, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Indianapolis Colts.

“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 of 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.