Bambi Bucket

Don Arney The original Bambi Bucket was introduced by SEI Industries Ltd., in 1982. Back then, fire fighting buckets were not new but what SEI was able to perfect was a collapsible bucket with pilot-controlled valve and delivery of a concentrated column of water from the helicopter to the fire.  The development of this innovative aerial firefighting technology was a culmination of valuable feedback from helicopter operators as well as Canadian and American forest and land management agencies that use helicopter firefighting equipment to protect remote areas from fire.

Today, SEI services over 90 percent of the aerial firefighting water bucket market. The Bambi Bucket brand is known amongst firefighting agencies worldwide and has become synonymous with aerial firefighting. The legendary Bambi Bucket is used in over 110 countries around the world.

Bambi Bucket A shot of Don from the archives. “Here I am back in the early days, trying to do damage to a Bambi Bucket using an axe! I couldn’t damage the bucket given that it’s like trying to wack some jello – it just gives to the blow. This resilience works very much to the Bambi’s advantage when it bangs into stumps and rocks etc. while suspended from the helicopter. You can imagine what would happen to a fiberglass bucket in such a scenario,” notes Don.

 

 

Bambi Bucket

At Fukushima after the catastrophic tsunami in 2011 Bambi Buckets were used by the Japanese military to douse water on the country's dangerously overheated nuclear reactors until ground access could be gained.

 

 

 

 

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