PART D -
PLANNING THE MOVEMENT OF THE FSSP
The FSSP is used at distribution points to provide storage facilities for
transferring bulk fuel from one means of transport to another and at
dispensing facilities for bulk reduction or delivery of fuel to using
vehicles. The FSSP can receive product from tank trucks, railway cars,
pipelines, hoselines, and aircraft. Since it can also receive fuel from
ocean tankers, it is capable of supporting beach operations. It can
store 60,000 gallons of bulk petroleum. It can store even more if
additional or larger collapsible tanks are added. However, this
expansion requires additional hoses, fittings, and valves. The FSSP can
be easily moved from one location to another, and it can be divided in
half to handle two different types of fuels at two different locations.
It can also be changed to a 10-point, rapid-refueling system for rotary
The first step in moving an FSSP is to receive the mission. Normally,
as a section chief you receive the mission from the platoon sergeant or
even the platoon leader. The mission can come in one of three different
ways. A warning order, an operation order, or a fragmentary order. Once
received, there are some questions you need to ask yourself:
What is the mission?
What is known about the enemy?
How will the terrain affect the operation?
What troops are available?
How much time is available?
What supplies and equipment are needed?
What special tasks need to be assigned?
Personnel. Make sure that all personnel are on hand for the move to the
new site. The usual strength level of a supply section in a petroleum
supply company consists of a section chief E7, petroleum heavy vehicle
operator E5, petroleum inventory control E5, two petroleum heavy vehicle
operators E4, five petroleum supply specialists E4, and ten petroleum
supply specialists E3. In some situations, you will have to augment
Equipment. Make sure your Class III supply point equipment is on hand
and ready for use. If any items are not working properly, try to have
them repaired or replaced before you move. The equipment may vary
according to the situation.
One Fuel System supply point.
One collapsible fabric tank repair kit.
Three 500-gallon collapsible drums.
One 500-gallon collapsible drum tie-down kit.
One 500-gallon collapsible drum towing and lifting yoke.
Six 50,000-gallon collapsible tanks.
Four 20,000-gallon collapsible tanks.
Four 10,000-gallon collapsible tanks.
Ten 350-GPM pumping assemblies.