National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Pump – Backpack, Outfit, 5 1/2” X 15 1/2” X 19”

NFES Number: 
Water Handling
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria


  1. Inspect fabric and webbing for any holes, cuts, tears, burns, or torn seams that are not economically repairable. If any found, dispose of.
  2. Inspect for any fastener missing or that does not provide adequate closure.
  3. Inspect for excessive dirt or fuel stain that cleaning cannot eliminate. Dispose of item if any found.
  4. Inspect for any writings or drawings, and if found dispose of item.
  5. Return to stock if item does not show any signs of use and passes visual inspection.
  6. Refurbish if damage detected is repairable.
  7. Dispose of item if unable to repair.


  1. Inspect for obvious damage.
  2. Inspect for burns and cracks. If any are found, dispose of item.
  3. Inspect for damaged threads. If beyond repair dispose of item. Ensure tip is secured to wand with a 3”-4” length of ball chain.
  4. Place hose in water and pump handle to validate that pump works properly.
  5. Return item to stock if it shows no sign of use or damage.
  6. Dispose of item if unable to repair.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Cleaning



  1. Allow any mud or loose dirt to dry and remove using a stiff-bristle brush. If stains remain, wash as recommended below.
  2. Remove light oil and dirt stains by brushing with a solution of warm water and a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry. Mild detergents includes most home laundry detergents that contain no chlorine bleach or added scents.
  3. For heavier oil or grease, soak in water-soluble biodegradable degreaser for at least 30 minutes. Brush with a bristle brush, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry.
  4. If machine washing, use only cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry.
  5. Where no other method is cleaning the fabric, wash with pressure washer set at wide fan, warm water, and only allow nozzle close enough as necessary for cleaning, the further away the better for the fabric.




  1. Wash and clean all items of foreign matter, such as mud, dirt, and grease.
  2. Clean in mild detergent with brush or scouring pad as needed.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.

B. Repair


  1. Replace nonfunctioning hardware.

  2. Take new plastic liner (NFES #000597) out of pouch and replace old liner, insert a new liner into pouch. 

  3. Install rubber gasket on cap, to prevent leakage.

  4. Replace O-ring.


  1. If pump pressure is not sufficient, remove pump unit and replace O-rings.

  2. If suction hose is kinked, replace hose.
  3. Ensure quick connection on pump has proper seating.

  4. Check hose connection to pump for tightness; if loose, use a hose clamp.

  5. Replace length of ball chain between wand and removable tip if missing.

  6. Check supply hose on pump assembly for obstructions and tight connections, bent push rods, and clogged tips.

  7. Check spring and ball bearing.

  8. Lubricate slide with appropriate lubricant, e.g., Chevron NLGI2 or equivalent.

C.  Tests for Performance

  • Place end of hose in water and pump trombone. Ensure that it fills and discharges water properly without back feeding water out of the suction hose.

D.  Repackaging

  1. Ensure suction hose is not kinked when packaging.
  2. Packaging is 6 each of NFES #001149 in NFES #002030 carton (24” x 16” x 12”).
  3. Suggested packaging of 10 each of NFES #001197 in NFES #002007 carton (24” x 16” x 16”).
  4. Suggested packaging of NFES #000151, 10 each in NFES #000385 carton (7.25” x 9.25” x 26”) or 25 each in NFES #002006 carton (23” x 19” x 10”).


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