News & Events
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.