In a technological breakthrough, a company in southern Turkey’s Antalya has locally developed a water basket that can be used in firefighting helicopters against forest fires. The water basket makes it possible for them to respond faster to incidents while saving water and time and has successfully passed its initial tests.
A team of 16 people from the company, which exports technical textiles and shading systems that can work in harsh conditions in all seasons to different countries, worked to produce water baskets attached to helicopters after witnessing the forest fires in districts such as Manavgat and Akseki this year.
The team designed a water basket using local resources that can be opened and closed when full of water, allowing faster water refill from the ponds and can be stored when full of water during the summer season.
The water baskets, which were tested with two fire extinguishing helicopters within the scope of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, successfully passed the tests.
With these new generation water baskets, called “Bambi,” pilots will be able to spray water from the basket they would attach to the helicopters, in a controlled and more efficient way, over the flames in different regions.
The company, which is preparing to start mass production in January, aims to solve Turkey’s needs and also export to different countries.
Evren Ulaş, the general manager of the company, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he was deeply affected by the forest fires that he witnessed on both sides of the road in Akseki and Manavgat on his way back from Ankara.
Ulaş stated that they examined the technologies used for fire extinguishing apparatuses attached to helicopters. “There is only one company in the world that does this, and it exports it to 140 countries,” Ulaş said.