Fact or Fiction: Diver scooped up into a Helicopter’s Bambi Fire Bucket

Filed in Everyday Hero by on January 19, 2015 • views: 8063

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Awesome South Africans visited the Newlands Fire base in Cape Town to meet with Working on Fire and VWS (Volunteer Wildfire Services). We met with the Helicopter pilots and the first question I put to Fred was:

IS IT POSSIBLE TO SCOOP A DIVER OR SWIMMER IN TO THE BAMBI FIRE BUCKET
AND HAVE YOU EVER DONE IT?

And for those out there that having sharing this story as the truth, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!

It was an honour to meet with these guys. True heroes all of them. learn more about them, follow them and support them because they ‘fix somebody’s stupid action’


 

Interesting Facts:

  • A “standard” Bambi Bucket holds 1226 litres of water
  • Before each bucket of water is released on to the flames, a chemical that is similar to a soap compound is added via a feed system (controlled by the pilot). This ‘foams’ the water to prevent fine misting and assisting with accurate water bombing
  • Helicopters (used by WoF) have enough fuel to fly for 2 hours. Refueling tankers are driven to the location to allow pilots to refuel there and get back to water bombing ASAP. (300 litres per hour – and I complained about my bakkie’s fuel consumption…!!)
  • Pilots operate solo on these water bombings. Not only must they fly the craft, but also scoop the bucket, activate the chemical feed, communicate with the spotter plane and drop their water load with accuracy. THE RIGHT STUFF

 

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