News & Events
April 7, 2009
DELTA, CANADA – SEI Industries Ltd. announces the release of the BB2226, a 1000 liter/264 USG Bambi Bucket designed specifically to provide an optimum balance between capacity and weight for the Eurocopter AS 350B3 Series and similar-sized small and medium helicopters.
The compact BB2226 complements the existing Bambi Bucket line, closing the gap between the 240-gallon BB2024 and the 324-gallon BB2732 Bambi Bucket. It was developed in response to customer demand and will be a permanent addition to the existing family of Bambi Bucket models.
VANCOUVER – The Province is helping to build Greece’s ability to respond to wildfires by providing training to the Hellenic Fire Brigade, announced Premier Gordon Campbell today. “British Columbia is fortunate to have a vibrant Greek community, creating strong personal and cultural links with Greece,” said Premier Campbell. “By sharing British Columbia’s expertise in fighting wildfires, as supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we can strengthen our existing ties with the people of Greece, and help prevent future loss due to wildfire.”
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.