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International Wildfire Conference in Brazil demonstrates SEI Industries’ new SLING DRAGON and BAMBI MAX

November 1, 2019

Delta, BC, Canada – October 31, 2019 – SEI Industries’ new SLING DRAGON AND BAMBI MAX put on an impressive display at the International Wildfire Conference being held in Campo Grande, Brazil.

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SEI Industries is a Finalist for the 2019 BC Export Awards

October 8, 2019

For Immediate Release
October 8, 2019

Delta, BC, Canada – October 7, 2019 – SEI Industries Ltd.  is announced as a finalist for Business in Vancouver’s 2019 BC Export Awards in the manufacturing category. SEI engineers and manufactures niche products for the helicopter industry through two major divisions: Aerial Firefighting and Remote Site.

Left: Bambi Bucket extinguishes fire, Right: Bulk Aviation Transfer Tank inside aircraft; both manufactured by SEI Industries.

The Aerial Division features the world-renowned Bambi Bucket System, since its introduction in 1978, the system has been shipped to over 110 countries globally. Designed to extinguish forest fires using water or foam, the Bambi Bucket accounts for 90% of the world’s aerial-firefighting market and is used by over 1,000 helicopter operators globally.
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From buckets to BATTs – the SEI story

September 25, 2019

In the back of a tree-lined industrial mall a few miles from Vancouver International Airport, a fellow named Jerry is playing with water.

It’s his job to fill a big orange fabric bucket, lift it up into the air on a winch, and then hit a big black button to open a valve in the bottom of the bucket. Water cascades out in a controlled torrent, splashing into an inground pool.

Over and over, he lowers the bucket down into the pool, refills it, winches it back up, and hits the button until he’s satisfied with the bucket’s performance.

Jerry works for SEI Industries and he’s testing a Bambi Bucket, the indispensable aerial firefighting tool invented and made in Canada.

Invented and made in Canada, thousands of Bambi Buckets are used to fight forest fires around the world.

“Thousands and thousands have been sold,” said Sergio Fukamati, director of SEI’s firefighting division, in a recent interview with Skies. “Our standard Bambi Bucket with a single drop valve is still the most popular one, but the Bambi MAX with its multi-drop valve is becoming the industry standard.”

The flexible buckets are sized to match the lifting capability of virtually every helicopter type. Capacities range from a small 270-litre Bambi to the huge 9,800-litre bucket that’s carried by heavy-lift helicopters like the Boeing Chinook or Russian Mil machines.
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Bambi Bucket Assemblers Wanted

July 5, 2019

Do you have mechanical assembly experience and are you ready to consider changing jobs or know someone who is?

Do you want to earn good wages and enjoy a long-term stable career in a growing company?

Then apply to join award-winning SEI Industries Ltd. and be part of a dynamic company making a real difference to help protect our forests and support wildfire fighting on a global scale.

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 23, 2007) – An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85, lifts a full 420-gallon extinguishing trough from a local reservoir near the raging wildfires in San Diego County. The trough is used to dump water to help fend off the fires that have already forced more than 250,000 people from their homes. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Fahey (RELEASED)

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SEI Industries demos the BAMBI MAX with Eagle Copters South America

June 28, 2019

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2019

BC, Canada – June 28, 2019 – SEI Industries and Eagle Copters South America hosted a BAMBI MAX Aerial Firefighting System information session which was followed by a demonstration using a Bell 407 supplied by AeroMAX. The simulations included filling the BAMBI MAX with water from a collapsible and self-supporting FireFlex Pumpkin Tank, also manufactured by SEI Industries.

BAMBI MAX dipping into the FireFlex Pumpkin Tank, which are both manufactured by SEI Industries.

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Continuously Evolving

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.”
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Veteran Who May Have Invented The First Aerial Firefighting Bucket In Vietnam

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.

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SEI Industries to display Remote Site product line at Heli-Expo

March 1, 2019

For Immediate Release
March 01, 2019

SEI Industries Double Drum Tank

Delta, BC, Canada – March 01, 2019 – SEI Industries is pleased to expand its offering at Heli-Expo
to include, for the first time at Heli-Expo, products from the Remote Site division. Although, SEI is widely recognized for its Aerial Firefighting division due to the success of the BAMBI Bucket, SEI engineers have also designed and manufacture a complete line of collapsible products for the Remote Site division, many which will appeal to helicopter operators.
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SEI Industries Ltd introduces the BAMBI MAX Enhanced Valve

February 25, 2019

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2019

SEI Industries Ltd introduces the BAMBI MAX Enhanced Valve

Delta, BC, Canada – February 26, 2019 – SEI Industries is best know for its invention of the world-famous BAMBI Bucket that now services 95% of the world’s aerial firefighting water bucket market. As the aerial firefighting product line evolves, SEI engineers continue to make improvements to the existing products based on feedback from customers in the field. The BAMBI MAX enhanced valve now includes added motor protection that maintains valve control during stall conditions, as well as a stronger 1/8″ cable, which is 4 times stronger than the previous design. The enhancements also include an improved chemical resistant bottom seal.

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SEI Industries Appoints Fire Ignition Resources, LLC (FIRE, LLC) as its New Premo Distributor

January 14, 2019

Delta, BC, Canada – SEI Industries Ltd. (SEI) is pleased to announce that Fire Ignition Resources, LLC (FIRE, LLC), based in Talladega, Alabama, is the new USA distributor for Premo PSD and Premo Fireballs. In addition to product sales and support, the Service Centre in Talladega (AL) will also provide repairs and rebuilds for the Premo PSD.

Our USA customers will continue to have quick access to Premo Ignition spheres right from the Talladega warehouse, as well as the maintenance services for Premo PSD.
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