National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Waterbag Assembly - 5 gl, M2015 w/pump

NFES Number: 
Water Handling
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria


  1. Inspect vinyl, fabric, and webbing for any holes, cuts, tears, burns, or torn seams that are not economically repairable, if any dispose of.
  2. Inspect plastic cap and fittings for cracks, breaks, missing gaskets or other damage.
  3. If bag appears to be used, inflate bag with air (<10 psi), submerge in water and check for leaks.  Dry vinyl and mark holes with black marker for patching in repair process.
  4. Inspect for any missing fasteners or that does not provide adequate closure.
  5. Inspect for excessive dirt or fuel stains that cleaning cannot eliminate, dispose of.
  6. Inspect for any writings, drawings. Dispose of if cleaning cannot remove markings.
  7. Return to stock if item does not show any signs of use and passes visual inspection.
  8. Refurbish if damage detected is repairable.
  9. Dispose of item if unable to repair.


  1. Inspect for obvious damage. 
  2. Inspect for burns and cracks if so dispose of.
  3. Inspect for damaged threads, if beyond repair dispose of.  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. Remove straps and clean exterior of bag thoroughly with filler cap attached.
  2. Support or hang bag, remove cap and fill with water to rinse out tank.
  3. Replace cap and shake bag vigorously until all foreign matter is removed.
  4. Drain completely.
  5. Invert bag after removing cap and empty as much water as possible.
  6. Let dry inverted for 1 hour in sun, if possible.
  7. Clean the straps with mild detergent and stiff bristle brush, machine launder, or gently pressure wash. Hang to dry.


  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. Patch any hole or tears.  No more than 3 patches should be present on the bag.  If more, dispose of bag.  Small pin hole can be repaired with TEAR-AID® Type B or other similar material recommended by the tank manufacturer.
  2. Larger holes can be repaired utilizing vinyl welding tools and techniques if available.
  3. Holes in the seams may not be repairable.
  4. Place patch on damaged area and apply pressure with roller or suitable device for at least 1 minute.
  5. The filler neck and cap can be replaced following the instructions included in the Fedco Bag Filler Neck Service Kit, part #181874.
  6. Repair or replace any damaged components on bag or straps.
  7. Ensure bags are stenciled with “non-potable” or “suppression use only”.


  1. If pump pressure is not sufficient, remove pump unit and replace O-rings.
  2. Ensure quick connection on pump has proper seating.
  3. Check hose connection to pump for tightness; if loose, use a hose clamp.
  4. Replace length of ball chain between wand and removable tip if missing.
  5. Check supply hose on pump assembly for obstructions and tight connections, bent push rods, and clogged tips.
  6. Check spring and ball bearing.
  7. Lubricate slide with appropriate lubricant, e.g., Chevron NLGI2 or equivalent.

C. Testing for Performance

  1. Re-inspect any patches or repairs.
  2. Fill with air (<10 psi).  Spray patched area with soapy water and inspect for leaks.

D. Repackaging

  1. Place pump in the center and roll bag around pump as tightly as possible, secure with plastic banding or rope to keep from unrolling.
  2. 8 each in NFES 002006 carton (23” x 19” x 10”).



Fedco Bag Filler Neck Service Kit #181874 (Replacement Instructions)


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