Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bucket System

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A helicopter bucket is a specialized bucket suspended on a cable carried by a helicopter to deliver water for aerial firefighting. It is available in many different sizes and features.

Bambi Bucket is a collapsible bucket manufactured in Canada. Bambi Bucket is the world wide leading helicopter bucket system.

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Helicopter tankers

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These helicopters are equipped with special designed tank that is attacked to the belly of the helicopter. These tanks have a special design opening controlled valve to allow the operator to release the fire retardant.

Erickson Air Crane and Simplex Manufacture are the leaders in the helicopter tank system in North America.

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Air tanker

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The air tanker is a fixed wing aircraft with the ability to carry and discharge fire retardant on demand.

Aircraft range from single propeller to jet engine. The system varies in the amount it can carry and how it discharges material. Many types of air tanker exist. For example – Air Tractor AT-802 is an agriculture air craft that may be adapted for firefighting. These aircraft can carry a payload of 820 US gallons (3100 L).

By contrast, the Evergreen 747 Supertanker has a massive payload of 20,500 US gallons (77,600 L).

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Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS)

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Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) is a self-contained unit that can be loaded onto a C-130 Hercules which then allows the aircraft to be used to combat wildfire.

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