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SEI Welcomes New Bilingual Sales Rep, Former Heli Pilot Michel Landry

June 14, 2011

SEI Industries Ltd., manufacturer of the Bambi Bucket®, is pleased to welcome Michel Landry to its sales team as an outside technical sales representative for Bambi Bucket and Dragon Fire Ignition products. Michel will be transitioning with Aaron Tweedy over the next few months to become the main Canadian representative while Aaron concentrates on Bambi Bucket and Dragon Fire Ignition sales and support in the eastern US market.

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NC Forestry Down To 1 Pilot To Fight Wildfires

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.

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Fire Crews Battle Blazes in Sutherland

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.

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Firefighters get helicopter help battling brush fires

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.

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SEI Launches New Tool to Make Frac Fluid Storage Simple

June 10, 2011

FRAC Tank - The Collapsible pillow-style water bladder tank for hydraulic fracturing

Delta, BC, Canada – No matter what method used, fracking is an energy and resource intensive process. Depending on the conditions, fracked wells can require millions of gallons of water and getting that water into a site, especially a remote site, can prove expensive and challenging.

Heavy steel storage tanks often damage the ground they sit on and can be as costly to remove as they were to install. Steel tanks can also have a long wait time – from purchase to delivery – depending on the inventory available which can hold up well site exploration and development.

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SEI Industries helps Working on Fire make ‘big splash’ at Wildfire 2011

June 9, 2011

SEI Industries Ltd. is proud to have participated in the recent 5th International Wildland Fire Conference (Wildfire 2011) held in South Africa, May 9-13, 2011. The conference followed key aspects of integrated fire management including fire management and poverty alleviation in developing countries, fire management and carbon sequestration innovations, institutionalizing applications of the incident command system as well as international exchange and assistance programs/protocols.

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Burned from Above

May 9, 2011

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.

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Crews continue to battle wild fires across Scotland

Hundreds of firefighters are continuing to battle wild fires which have broken out across the north of Scotland.

Earlier, a fire closed the A82 between Bridge of Orchy and Tyndrum in Argyll for about two hours leading to tailbacks in both directions.

Elsewhere, a boat was used to get firefighters to a remote location affected by another wild fire.

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Efforts to Contain Extensive Gorse Fires

May 4, 2011

Firefighters in a number of counties are tonight tackling gorse fires in an effort to prevent flames from spreading further.

High winds and dry conditions have been making the task more difficult.

Units from the Offaly Fire Service are tackling two large fires that have spread onto Bord na Móna lands in the county tonight.

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Columbia Helicopters Dispatches Second Helicopter to Texas Fires

April 25, 2011

Columbia Helicopters has dispatched a second heavy-lift helicopter to assist in battling the extensive wild fires burning throughout Texas. The Columbia 107-II helicopter departed from the company’s headquarters Thursday morning, and should arrive in Abilene, Texas on Friday.

The second aircraft joins another Columbia 107-II helicopter that has been fighting fire in Texas since February. Both of the company’s helicopters join a growing fleet of aircraft currently dedicated to the Texas fires.

“We know that Texas is now experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in recent history,” said company President Michael Fahey. “Our crews will do everything they can to support efforts to extinguish these fires.”

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