Wednesday, April 17, 2013

UPDATE: Bambi to the rescue

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Update, 11:19 a.m., April 19: Fort Carson has issued a correction to its press release, saying that the Colorado Springs Fire Department was not involved with the base on this training.


I don't know why it's called a Bambi Bucket, but it could come in mighty handy when we get our next forest fire, as long as the Pentagon agrees to allow the buckets to be used in the firefight.

To be prepared, the Army and Colorado Springs Fire Department are working together to understand how the buckets work and how to best deploy them in tandem with city resources.

Here's a news release from Fort Carson:

A Bambi Bucket could prove invaluable during a fire.
  • Fort Carson
  • A Bambi Bucket could prove invaluable during a fire.

The 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and Colorado Springs Fire Department will conduct Bambi Bucket training at noon Thursday near Butts Army Airfield.

A Bambi Bucket is a specialized water carrier designed for aerial firefighting. The bucket, which can hold approximately 2,000 gallons of water, is suspended on a cable carried by a helicopter. When the helicopter is in position over a fire, the crew releases a valve on the bottom of the bucket, dropping the water and helping extinguish the fire.

This is the first training exercise that 2-4 GSAB and CSFD have conducted together for Bambi Bucket training missions.

The 4th Infantry Division, CSFD and 4th CAB are working together on the Bambi Bucket mission in preparation to better serve firefighting needs in the Pikes Peak area.

Just bear in mind that, as Carson spokesperson Meghan Williams notes in a statement:

Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division can only deploy military resources (to include Bambi Buckets) to support firefighting when requested by the National Interagency Fire Center and approved by the Secretary of Defense. At that point, Fort Carson and the 4th Inf. Div.’s support would be coordinated through U.S. Northern Command. NIFC can only request DoD support after all other local, state and federal resources have been exhausted.

So if we get another biggie, like the Waldo Canyon Fire, and the NIFC gets involved, you might see these aircraft go to work.

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