3. Chemical detection and decontamination.
Do not use decontamination spray on personnel. It could cause personal injury.
a. Use M8 paper from the M256 chemical agent detector kit or M9 paper to determine if liquid agent
is present on the surface of the equipment.
b. If the M8 or M9 paper indicates that liquid chemical agent is present, rinse the exposed portion of
the collapsible tank with a liberal amount of water. When the tactical situation permits, wash the
collapsible tank with soapy water and rinse.
c. If exposure to liquid agent is known or suspected, clean all exposed skin, clothing, and personal
gear in that order using M258A1 kit. Use the buddy system. Wash exposed skin and thoroughly
decontaminate as soon as tactical situation permits. Decontamination procedures take time
based on the tactical situation.
EMERGENCY REPAIR PROCEDURES
Cuts or tears in the water tank smaller than 6½ inches are repaired with sealing clamps. Small punctures
are repaired using the wooden plugs. Damage larger than 6½ inches requires replacement of water tank.
Emergency Repairs Using Wood Plugs
In emergencies, as an immediate temporary measure, the wood plugs may be used for sealing small
holes or punctures. The size of the hole or tear will determine the size of the wood plug to be used.
1. For holes (tears) up to approximately 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) in size, use the 3.0-inch (7.62 cm) long plug.
2. For holes (tears) up to approximately 1.0 inch (2.54 cm) in size, use the 4.50-inch (11.43 cm) long
3. For holes (tears) up to approximately 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) in size, use the 5.25-inch (12.7 cm) long
Select the size of the plug needed to fit (seal) the tank puncture. Wet the plug and insert in the puncture
hole. Twist the plug clockwise (to the right) until the leak is either stopped or slowed. Regular follow-up
inspection should be made of the wood plugs, possible tightening may be necessary if the leaks continue.
Eventually, if a leak is not totally stopped, the use of a small sealing clamp may be necessary.