In 1982, Canadian inventor Don Arney had an idea for an aerial firefighting device that would allow helicopter operators to get closer to fires and deliver more accurate water and foam dumps. He envisioned a product that could be used to access virtually any water source, including water tanks – enabling pilots to spend less time traveling to and from bodies of water and more time attacking fires.
After extensive trials and testing, the Bambi Bucket – a semi-rigid helicopter firefighting bucket constructed of ultra-durable flexible fabric – was released. Over time, a wide range of bucket sizes were introduced to complement almost any helicopter. The Bambi Bucket is now available in capacities from 72USG to 2600USG, and three distinct types: the original Bambi Bucket, the powerful multi-dump Torrentula Bucket, and the new, lighter Aqualanche Bucket.
The Bambi Bucket was the first in what would become a complete lineup of aerial firefighting products by SEI Industries. Today, over 15 essential additions are available for the Bambi Bucket, including computerized coverage control, rapid shallow-fill capability, and the Sacksafoam™ series of foam injection systems.
For more information about the Bambi Bucket, please call SEI Industries at 604-946-3131 or visit