National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Berm – Containment, 55 GL (1 to 4 drums)

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Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Inspect for dirt, debris, fuel, and other liquids which may be present and/or soiled absorbent cloth.  Dispose of soiled absorbent cloth according to local hazardous materials standards.
  2. Must have foam bumper around the outer edge (see photo below).  The lay flat style is being removed from service.
  3. Inspect for torn or missing tie down grommets, holes, rips, or tears that are large or too numerous. Repair if holes or tears are 1 inch or less, or a combination of 3 holes with a combined length of 1.5 inches.
  4. Return to stock if item shows no signs of use and passes initial inspection.
  5. Refurbish if damage detected is repairable.
  6. Dispose of item if damage is determined to be unrepairable.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Clean with pressure washer to remove matter such as mud, dirt, and grease.
  2. Use a solution of mild detergent and water to remove grease with an absorbent cloth.
  3. Dispose of saturated cloth according local hazardous materials standards.
  4. Wipe dry or let air dry.

B. Repair

  1. Hold up to strong light or sun to locate holes.  Holes or tears 1 inch or less or a combination of 3 holes with a combined length of 1.5 inches are acceptable for repair.
  2. With suitable cleaner, apply vinyl adhesive to both surfaces, i.e., patch and berm.
  3. Let dry till tacky.
  4. Place patch on damaged area and apply pressure with roller or suitable device for at least 1 minute.
  5. Let berm sit flat and dry.
  6. Vinyl welding with patch material like in thickness and color of berm material is acceptable for repair.  Follow instructions or established local procedures for completing vinyl welding repairs.

C. Testing for Performance

  • none

D. Repackaging

  1. Roll berm and band for storage. (see photos below for details)
  2. Suggested packaging is 1 each in NFES #000513 carton (36” x 24” x 17”).


Fold left side to center.

Fold right side to center.

Roll up folded berm.

Tie rolled berm with twine.

Place rolled and bound berm in box.



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