News & Events
August 29, 2011
Delta, Canada – SEI Industries Ltd. announces the retirement of a dedicated and long-term sales distributor in Australia. Kevin Gosling of Gosling & Associates was SEI’s exclusive sales representative in Australia for more than 20 years. GAAM Emergency Products is the new Australian distributor for SEI’s aerial firefighting Bambi Bucket including the prescribed burning and controlled burn Fire Ignition Product lines.
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 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.
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.
June 10, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.