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 Welcome to the Official Website for GBW Associates, LLC.

    

GotBigWater is the official website of GBW Associates, LLC, a privately owned training, consulting, and design firm located in Westminster, Maryland. Our specialty is water supply for public and private fire protection. We at GBW Associates, LLC are known for our training programs, our consulting services, our dry hydrants, and our testing services. Over the years, we have completed projects in over 40 different states ranging from rural water supply and incident command seminars to ISO water supply assessments to community master planning.

Use the menu at the left to take a look at our services and to contact us.  Be sure to check out the News Archive and  Big Water Information sections for a whole bunch of information on water supply delivery operations.

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Impressive Operation of Automatic Air Primer

President Mark Davis, November 21

We have been helping out Trident Emergency Products over the last year and half or so with some product testing of their automatic air primer. We recently tried out a loss of prime scenario while drafting at a high lift. The video speaks for itself. The folks at the Winfield VFD (Maryland) helped us out by providing a pumper. Note the use of camlock fitting on the suction hose.... (Full Story)


 
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Ready for work! Plus...we know which tanker it is!
Ready for work! Plus...we know which tanker it is!

Tanker Operations #04 - What's On The Back of Your Tanker?

President Mark Davis, November 14

The rear of your tanker tells us something about your water hauling operation. When you see preconnected hose and large direct fill lines and other appliances all ready for use - you get the sense that the rig is ready to not only haul water to a fire but also go and get another load - in a quick fashion. A couple of years ago we came across Yorktown Heights Tanker 14 at a drill in South Salem, ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Southern West Virginia Rural Water Supply Drill a Success!

Member Jason Estep, November 01

The Southern West Virginia rural water supply drill was a great success, exceeding our expectations. Hosted by the Morrisvale VFD October 25, 2014, the drill lasted for 1 hr 45 minutes, during which time the average flow rate was 1,042 gpm. Flow was started at the 4-minute mark at nearly 1,300 gpm, to check the capacity of the pumper and dropped back to 584 gpm until the 15 minute mark when it was ... (Full Story & Photos)

 Morrisvale 361 dumping at 1,300+ gpm.  The 7 tankers in this drill averaged 149 gpm each for a total of 1,042 gpm for the duration of this drill.
Morrisvale 361 dumping at 1,300+ gpm. The 7 tankers in this drill averaged 149 gpm each for a total of 1,042 gpm for the duration of this drill.

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Haulin' Water in Skaneateles!

President Mark Davis, October 27

We had another great time in Onondaga County, New York this past weekend (October 25/26) delivering our Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar at the Skaneateles FD. The seminar was sponsored by the Skaneateles , Mottville, and Marcellus Fire Departments and as usual, culminated in a 2-hour tanker shuttle exercise where folks worked hard to sustain a fire flow without interruption. We are pleased to ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Tanker Design #03 - Direct Fill Line Upgrade

President Mark Davis, October 23

The Winfield VFD located in Carroll County, Maryland, recently had their 4-Guys 3,500-gallon refurbished. The refurbishment work was completed by 4-Guys and included a number of upgrades - one of which was the replacement of the 5-inch direct fill line with a Firemans Friend valve. The FFV is a check valve type of device that "lives" on the inside of the tank and requires no human interaction to ... (Full Story & Photos)

After the refurb project - no control wheel or handle needed.
After the refurb project - no control wheel or handle needed.

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The tank level indicator light assembly is seen illuminated just above the "Spartan" emblem on the grill of this 2008 Crimson pumper
The tank level indicator light assembly is seen illuminated just above the "Spartan" emblem on the grill of this 2008 Crimson pumper

Tank Level Indicator - From the Front

President Mark Davis, October 16

While working on a water suppy study in Connecticut, we came across a really interesting idea that we had to share with folks. Clinton FD's (Connecticut) Engine 3 has a water tank level indicator light assembly on all four sides of the pumper. We have seen such indicator light assemblies on the the sides and rear of units - but the Clinton rig is the first time that we have seen a pumper with a tank ... (Full Story & Photos)

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