National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Tank – Dip, 15,000 GL (Heliwell)

NFES Number: 
Water Handling
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Observe condition prior to take down or after setting up unit following manufacturer’s assembly procedures.
    • Look at rim covers and inspect attached webbing.
    • Remove rim covers and inspect top of tank for abrasions or tears.
    • Look in tank for slices or holes and mark with felt pen if repairs needed.
    • Inspect panels to ensure they are not bent or misshapen and attached clips are functional.
    • Inspect turn buckles and cables for frays and burrs.
  2. Return to stock if unused.
  3. Refurbish item, if repairs are extensive, refer to SEI Industries website.
  4. Dispose of irreparable components and replace as necessary.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Clean tank liner and panels, inside and outside with soapy water and a brush or highpressure wash and rinse.
  2. Rinse well with clean water from high-pressure washer.
  3. Allow to air dry on both sides.

B. Repair

  1. Weld all cracked or broken welds on aluminum panels.
  2. Patch any damaged areas marked in liner. All patches should be welded with patch material that is recommended by the manufacturer.
  3. Rivet rim covers if missing.
  4. Straighten panels and replace clips if needed.
  5. File off burrs on turn buckles.
  6. Replace any missing or damaged fittings, valves, adapters or caps.

C. Testing for performance

  • Verify panels are close together by inspecting placement.

D. Repackaging

  1. Fold tank liner into a shape that fits underneath one panel. See Heliwell operator’s manual on SEI website.
  2. Place folded liner on a pallet and stack panel atop tank.
  3. Box other components together and place on pallet.
  4. Strap down tank, panels, and boxed components securely.


Page Last Modified / Reviewed: