National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Chest – Ice 48 QT.

NFES Number: 
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Visually inspect for damage, cracks, broken, melted parts or evidence of leakage, if any dispose of. 
  2. Inspect lid for proper closure and working hinges. 
  3. Inspect handles. 
  4. Inspect drain plug for leakage or any damage.  
  5. Refurbish if damage is determined to be repairable. 
  6. Return to stock if item is clean, undamaged and/or in unused condition. 
  7. Dispose of item if damage is determined to be unrepairable or if stains cannot be cleaned. 
  8. Salvage any usable parts for future repairs.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Use pressure washer to clean inside and outside of ice chest. Disinfect per Cache direction. 
  2. If necessary clean stains with a scrubbing pad and mild detergent. 
  3. Rinse thoroughly. 
  4. Stand upside down to air dry and/or wipe down completely to dry.

B. Repair

  1. Lid – replace hinges if possible
  2. Handles –replace if possible
  3. Drain plug– replace if possible
  4. Spray paint top lid of ice chest if any unwanted writing is present
  5. If ice chest has water inside the lid drill a 1/8” hole in lid to take out excess water, use glue from a hot glue gun to fill the hole after completely drained and dry.

C. Testing for Performance

  • If drain plug was replaced, add water to inside of ice chest to ensure drain is not leaking.

D. Repackaging

  1. Stencil and spray paint or use permanent marker to apply NFES #000557 to the exterior of the chest.
  2. Band clean/dry ice chest with one band.
  3. Palletize per local cache option.


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