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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

They are called Bambi Buckets

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 5:56 PM

A serious update on the marsh fire, from the NOFD:

New Orleans, LA. — On Tuesday, August 30, 2011 three Louisiana National Guard (LANG) helicopters made almost 300 "Bambi bucket" drops putting approximately 116k gallons of water on the fire that was originally estimated to be covering approximately 20 acres in the Bayou Savage Wildlife Refuge near Chef Menteur Hwy. in New Orleans East. Ground crews from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have been dispatched to determine how successful suppression efforts have been on the smaller fire in Bayou Savage. These crews have been able to give a more accurate estimate of the damage caused by this fire and now estimate it at closer to 50 acres. The Bayou Savage fire, although smaller, has been determined to be the more dangerous of the two fires because of its proximity to Chef Menteur Hwy. Once this fire has been determined "Under Control", all suppression efforts will be concentrated on the much larger "Oak Island" fire. New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) fire investigators, along with investigators from the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshall and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), are on the scene trying to determine cause of the fire in Bayou Savage.

Emergency personnel from the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD), New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness (NOOEP), New Orleans Office of Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS), Louisiana National Guard (LANG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal as well as the canteen services from the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are all assisting in the mitigation and extinguishment of these two fires.

Why it's called a Bambi Bucket after the jump:

"Bambi Bucket" isn't a nickname. It's actually a trademarked name owned by Canadian industrial fabrics manufacturer SEI Industries ("We Engineer Solutions).

Why it's called the "Bambi Bucket" was apparently a matter of great speculation until 2003, when BB inventor Don Arney finally told a reporter for a student magazine at the University of British Columbia. The following is not taken from that, but rather the August-September 2008 issue of helicopter industry publication Vertical Magazine.

Folklore will have you believe the bucket got its name from a sultry waitress named Bambie, who worked at a famous firefighter bar in Boise, Idaho. In fact, Arney originally planned to call it the SEI-Flex, and the real, though less exciting, story. came out in an interview with a B.C. university magazine in 2003: “He [CBC Weatherman and sailboat designer Bob Fortune-Gambit] interviewed me on a show about inventors and we became friends. One night over dinner, he asked me what I was going to call it. I didn’t want to talk business, so I said, ‘The Bambi Bucket’— I was just being goofy. But he said it was a great name and he was relentless in pushing me to keep it.”

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