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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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Bambi Bucket for Lakotas in Texas

April 4, 2011

SEI Industries Ltd. is pleased to announce the delivery of six Bambi Buckets to the AASF, Army Aviation Support Facility in Austin Texas for use in the new LUH, UH-72 Lakota aircraft program. The Bambi Bucket, 120 USG/460 Litres capacity model has been chosen as the Weapon of Choice for the UH-72 Lakota aircraft, the military version of the Eurocopter EC 145. Initially marketed as the UH-145, the Lakota was selected as the winner of the United States Army’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program.

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Global BC News: Bambi Bucket in Japan

March 23, 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.

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Firehawk Helicopters & Bambi Bucket

SEI Industries Ltd. is pleased to announce that Firehawk Helicopters will beta test SEI’s new Bambi Bucket for the 2011 fire season. SEI’s ‘next generation’ Bambi Bucket offers unlimited split drops, coverage level control, load control and data collection in an entirely new, lightweight design.

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Bambi Bucket Powerfill Systems at HAI’s Heli-Expo

SEI Industries Ltd. introduced Powerfill systems as part of the Bambi Bucket product line to the helicopter firefighting industry in 2001. Since then, more agencies and operators worldwide have recognized the benefits of Powerfill with quicker dips, reduced turn times and ability to regulate external load to work within operating safety limitations. Recent contract changes with the US Forest Service to include Powerfill as a requirement is recognition that this feature and functionality is now widely accepted as a means to achieve increased efficiency and performance on the fire line. SEI will be displaying the Bambi Powerfill systems at Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando, Florida, March 6-8, 2011 and welcomes attendees to come by booth #1218 and see why SEI continues to be the industry leader in firefighting bucket technology since 1982.

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“Next Generation” Bambi Bucket

SEI Industries Ltd. continues to be committed to R&D and supporting our customers with new, innovative technologies that help them perform safely and effectively on the fire line. Although SEI continues to make improvements on the original Bambi Bucket design (since 1982) to keep the simple, full-salvo standard udder valve bucket even more robust and reliable, SEI is also pursuing new innovative solutions for a new multiple dump Bambi Bucket.

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SEI’s Bambi Bucket to exhibit at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2011

Delta, Canada – SEI Industries Ltd. is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting the complete Bambi Bucket product line at the coming Heli-Expo March 6-8, 2011 at Booth #1218. SEI has been a member of HAI since 1982 and is proud to be an annual exhibitor at Heli-Expo.

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BATT™: Fuel Transport of the Future

February 11, 2011

BATT: The Fuel Transport Tank of the Future

Tired of flying drums to your remote site? SEI Industries Ltd. (SEI) is delighted to unveil its newest product – the Bulk Aviation Transport Tank (BATT) (patents pending).

The BATT is the world’s first collapsible, double walled, aviation specific, baffled transportation fabric tank that enables users to safely transport bulk fuel to remote sites via aircraft. It can be sized to any aircraft and is ideal to transport fuel to remote camps for exploration, military, or construction activities. The BATT will save remote site operators money, improve safety and is more environmentally friendly than traditional drum methods of aviation fuel transport.

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PZL- Świdnik SW-4 Cargo Hook Receives EASA Certification

December 17, 2010

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the SW-4 single engine helicopter has received EASA certification for a 650 kg capacity cargo hook. The certification provides for installation of a cargo hook on the SW-4 and the use of the SEI Industries Bambi Bucket 1012 with a capacity of 455 liters for fire-fighting duties. The selected ONBOARD SYSTEMS TALON LC cargo hook allows carrying underslung loads up to 650kg enabling the SW-4 to perform a wide range of utility tasks.

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