Examining Collapsible Storage Tanks – The BRAG System of Reporting

Now a consultant with MPC Containment Systems, LLC, Edward Reicin has also worked in various executive roles within the company. Edward Reicin’s current affiliation with MPC makes it possible for him to keep military clients up-to-date and advised on the latest collapsible storage systems produced by the organization.

When using collapsible fuel storage systems to hold industrial liquids or gasoline, military personnel must perform a baseline inspection of the bag before the date it is officially put into use (known as the wet date or service date). Personnel utilize a recording tool known as a BSTR (Bulk Storage Tank Record), to note any sign of deterioration or deficiency.

The BRAG rating system is often incorporated into the BSTR as well. A BRAG rating is determined by the condition of a collapsible fuel bag, and is designated by a color code. The colors are black, red, amber, and green, with the first letter being the BRAG rating. The colors serve as quick indicators of a fuel bag’s integrity, and therefore assist site supervisors in the management of fuel inventories and supplies.

The “B” represents “black,” and is a warning to immediately stop using the bag – the conveyance is NMC, or “non-mission capable.”

The letter “R” in the BRAG acronym, stands for “red,” and indicates that despite some evidence of failure, the bag can still utilize 50 percent of its holding capacity.

The “A” denotes the color “amber.” An amber rating quickly tells personnel that the fuel bag, while slightly deteriorated, still maintains a maximum storage capacity of 70 percent.

Finally, the letter “G” in the BRAG acronym represents “green,” notifying the user that the bag is fully operational.