April 30, 2019
Renowned for its Bambi Bucket Aerial Firefighting solutions, SEI Industries holds a strong belief in putting its customers first to deliver the best.
By Dayna Fedy
For helicopter operators in the aerial firefighting business, using high quality, reliable equipment is vital. Likewise, having sufficient support and training for that equipment is equally important. SEI Industries Ltd., based in Delta, British Columbia, has held a strong belief in these aspects for nearly four decades. Renowned for its Bambi Bucket application, SEI believes that providing outstanding customer service and building top-notch products have been fundamental to the company’s success in enabling aerial operators to fight wildfires around the globe. “We understand that when our customers are in a firefighting situation, they need a reliable product,” said Sergio Fukamati, director of SEI’s firefighting division. “If they need parts or if they damage the bucket during operation, we are prepared to support them.”
April 11, 2019
In February 1968, then 33-year old Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Carr—who served in the 213th Assault support helicopter company in Phu Loi (about 15 miles north of Saigon, Vietnam)—was approached by a Fire Brigade Commander to provide helicopter wildfire support in nearby Cho Lon.
Thinking on their feet, Glenn said his unit confiscated a grain bin that was 8′ diameter by 12′ tall and carried 800-900 gallons of water. The bin was then rigged with a valve using helicopter hydraulics, where they slung it down the Saigon River and made several successful water drops to help extinguish the fires. On a side note, Glenn did not fly the mission but helped build the bucket.
July 30, 2018
Transporting large quantities of fuel to remote sites is a challenge faced across the globe. Notably so in areas of Canada, where the terrain doesn’t allow for ground transport of fuels. And the same is true throughout the world.
Bulk transport of fuel had, until recently, been transported by flying oil drums to the location. Oil drums present a slew of negative effects for the environment, logistics, and economics. They have a high chance of spills and leaking. They can often be abandoned after use to avoid the cumbersome and costly destruction. They can often cause damage to the inside of crafts if they are not secured properly during flight. Once the fuel reaches its destination, the empty drums need to be flown back out of the site, effectively doubling the cost of fuel delivery.
July 7, 2014
Cargo North’s two new Basler turbine aircraft and their unique capabilities, teamed up with SEI Industries’ BATT, is a combo that is revolutionizing the way bulk fuel is delivered in Canada’s North.
If you’ve spent any time in aviation, you know a legend when you see one. With more than 60 years of incredible service, from frozen pole to frozen pole and everywhere in between, the legendary DC-3 has been reborn as the new Basler Turbo 67 aircraft.
April 13, 2014
In days gone by, panning for gold often meant long hours spent kneeling at the edge of a river bank, swirling water through a pan to sift out a few tiny glittering nuggets. Fortunately, those days are long gone and, today, exploring for gold is a sophisticated juggle of logistical planning, asset management and environmental stewardship.
For many exploration companies, there’s also a strong desire to operate more efficiently now – especially since many face a number of challenges working in very remote locations where physical access is limited and the climate is harsh.
August 29, 2011
Two Bell 212 helicopters from No. 7 Squadron stationed at SLAF Base at Hingurakgoda were deployed this afternoon (01st August 2011) around 3pm to assist in retarding the spread of a major forest fire which erupted in the Laggala forest area close to Wilgamuwa in the Matale District.
Using water from an adjacent tank, the helicopter crew of the first Bell 212 battled the fire with the aid of its underslung ‘Bambi bucket’ flying 6 consecutive shuttles and limited the spread of the raging flames.
On a request made by the Disaster Management Center, SLAF pilots Squadron Leader Chamila Hiripitiya and Flight Lieutenant Dumidu Marasinghe deployed to the area. The fire had spread very quickly at the base of the mountain range which made the operation of fighting the fire a tricky business as it was difficult to maneuver the helicopter along the mountain slope. However this fire had to be curtailed, as, had it reached the nearby ‘Nagolla’ town the consequences would have been disastrous. The pilots had to fly 7 km from the scene of the fire to obtain water from a tank which was itself an arduous task as the water levels in the tank were also depleting.
July 20, 2011
Controlling a raging forest fire or an unrelenting wildfire is a task that few pilots are capable of undertaking. James Careless finds out what it takes to be one. Click on the photo below to read a latest article from RotorHub Magazine.
June 13, 2011
DARE COUNTY, N.C. — After a month, a fire in eastern North Carolina is still burning strong.
More than 45,000 acres have already been burned up in this mostly rural area of Dare County.
Firefighters have warned of a continuing “severe” risk of grass fires after battling to bring a series of blazes under control in the Highlands.
Over the past week crews from Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service (HIFRS) have attended 60 wildfires.
VOLUSIA COUNTY — Next to water, helicopters known collectively in Volusia County as Air One, are probably the most important piece of equipment firefighters have.
“We do bambi bucket operations. We do law enforcement, which is our primary job. We also do EMS,” said Todd Whaley, helicopter pilot.