News & Events
April 7, 2009
SEI Industries is proud to announce the fulfillment of another UH-60 Bambi Bucket delivery to the California Army National Guard. The National Guard requisitioned two new 640 gallon Bambi Buckets, each with Torrentula multi-flow valve, and a pair of bottom filling Powerfill pumps. The new technical capabilities were requested after the July fire siege of Northern California. The technology will increase the California National Guard arsenal of Bambi Buckets that are used to fight wildfires each year.
To maximize its firefighting capabilities in a very dry year, the Nevada Air National Guard has upgraded its 2,000-gal. SEI Torrentula Bambi Buckets with a power suction system on their four CH-47 Chinook helicopters.”We already use the SEI bambi bucket,” says SFC Don Gable, a flight engineer with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 189th Brigade. But years of drought are leaving traditional water sources far below normal capacity, making them less useful for traditional dip-fill tactics.
Gable learned that Columbia Helicopters of Aurora, Ore., has been successfully deploying its SEI bucket and power fill system, so he turned to them 18 months ago to upgrade the Guard’s equipment. Nevada’s naturally dry climate was taxed even more by three years of drought.