Global BC News: Bambi Bucket in Japan

Mar 13 2011

CTV News: B.C. innovation helping to douse Japanese nuclear reactors

It was originally meant to fight forest fires, but an innovation from a B.C.-based company is being used by the Japanese military to douse water on the country's dangerously overheated nuclear reactors.

Helicopters are using huge fabric buckets to pick up thousands of litres of water at a time on runs from the Pacific Ocean to the Fukushima Daichi reactors -- buckets designed by Delta-based SEI Industries.

Mar 13 2011

Burned from Above

Dec 9 2010

By Leigh Barratt

The development of aerial ignition devices was a major step in the use of controlled burns throughout the Canadian logging industry.

In the early 1960s in British Columbia, following an increase in logging and cutblock, or clearcut, areas, it became apparent that a more efficient, cost-effective and safer method of controlling fire on the land was needed. Using fire to reduce hazard, remove fuel ahead of fire, prepare sites for reforestation and modify vegetation for wildlife enhancement was recognized as a valuable tool. However, to achieve these goals, the tools and techniques to pursue them needed to be safe, efficient and effective.

The challenges were many because Canada had limited staff with burn experience. Wildlife enhancement areas were large, and logging cutblocks were getting larger. The Interior of British Columbia was rapidly expanding logging operations, but the terrain and fuels were much different from the coasts where most logging had traditionally taken place. New techniques and equipment were needed for burning operations.

In 1966, three Australians who worked for the government's research group — Baxter, Pacham, and Peet — developed and used the first ever aerial ignition device, or AID. The process consisted of using a pharmaceutical vial that contained potassium permanganate powder, manually injecting glycol into that vial and tossing it out the window of a fixed-wing aircraft into the designated burn area. The two chemicals mixed, and a delayed exothermic reaction occurred, usually within 15 to 45 seconds, depending on climatic conditions.

Dec 9 2010

SEI’s Green Dragon Gets Dirty

Oct 29 2010
A new, automated ground-launching fire ignition system gets used on Dirty Jobs. The Dragon Division of SEI Industries Ltd. and Field Support Services are pleased to announce the recent airing of “Wetland Warrior,” an episode on Discovery Channel’s popular TV show “Dirty Jobs” hosted by Mike Rowe.
 
In this episode of Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe heads off to the Florida Everglades to help combat non-native, invasive species in the marshlands with Jon Wallace the Prescribed Fire Specialist at the Arthur R. Marshall, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and along with Miranda Stuart of the Prescribed Fire Training Center and Gerry Barnes of the National Interagency Fire Center they utilize the “Pyro-Shot” hand launcher and the new “Green Dragon™” automated  Dragon Egg™ launcher to burn off approximately 6000 acres at the Loxahatchee NWR.

Oct 29 2010

Bambi Bucket Fighting Fires Around the World

Aug 30 2010

Revolutionary piece of equipment made here in Delta

A staple piece of equipment in fighting forest fires around the world is manufactured right here in South Delta.

Many residents might have seen the bright orange Bambi Bucket while watching news coverage of this summer's forest fires.

The Bambi Bucket, the brianchild of Don Arney of SEI Industries, has become a symbol of the attempt to extinguish and control forest fires in this province and around the world.

Of the 270 helicopters in B.C. right now, almost all are equipped with the Bambi Bucket. Worldwide, more than 1,000 choppers and fire-fighting agencies in more than 110 countries rely on the Bambi Bucket. 

Aug 30 2010

Bullhead City firefighters go through helicopter training

Jun 18 2010

BULLHEAD CITY — Being a Technical Rescue Team member with the Bullhead City Fire Department often can require working with a helicopter. Wildland fires often can be stopped fast with helicopter water drops. Monday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue provided two different levels of training for the firefighters.

Jun 18 2010

Firm's tanks are in the bag

Feb 17 2010

Saltspring Island's inventor's creation finding markets all over the world

GRANIA LITWIN
Times Colonist

When Saltspring Islander Don Arney awoke this week and glanced at the Vancouver Sun, he was amazed to see a photo of Prime Minister Stephen harper in Haiti, taking a big gulp of water from a huge, transportable reservoir.

Feb 17 2010