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SEI Industries and Eagle Copters South America hosted a Bambi MAX Aerial Firefighting System information session which was followed by a demonstration using a Bell 407 supplied by AeroMAX. The simulations included filling the Bambi MAX with water from a collapsible and self-supporting FireFlex Pumpkin Tank, also manufactured by SEI Industries.
“The Bambi MAX features a lightweight, low power draw, efficient multiple-drop valve that maximizes the bucket load throughout the fuel cycle,” said Sergio Fukamati, director of SEI’s Aerial Firefighting Division. “The standard Bambi Bucket has evolved over the years and now the Bambi MAX is the most advanced bucket system available for the fight against wildfires.”
The Bambi MAX is available in 14 different models, each one with a different weight and capacity for water, retardant or foam. The Bambi MAX Bucket capacities range from 180 U.S. gallons (680 litres) to 2590 U.S. gallons (9,800 liters) and many are available with options such as the PowerFill Snorkel, PowerFill Max and Sacksafoam.
The Bambi bucket is now used in more than 115 countries around the world by more than 1000 helicopter operators.