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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 and Canada ranging from rural water supply and incident command seminars to ISO water supply assessments to community master planning.

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Hauling Water - In the Corn Belt!

President Mark Davis, June 14

On June 10th, folks from a number of fire departments in Linn County, Iowa spent their Sunday afternoon hauling water with tankers in an effort to refine their rural water supply skills. The 2-hr drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which was sponsored and hosted by Chief Kale McBurney and the Monroe Township Fire Department. Seminar attendees spent the weekend ... (Full Story & Photos)

A 3-dump tank arrangement was used to support the 2-hr tanker shuttle operation were flow peaked at 750 gpm.
A 3-dump tank arrangement was used to support the 2-hr tanker shuttle operation were flow peaked at 750 gpm.

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Dover Engine 7 operates as the dump site engine as Stratham Tanker 8 arrives just in time to dump its 3,000 gallons of water.
Dover Engine 7 operates as the dump site engine as Stratham Tanker 8 arrives just in time to dump its 3,000 gallons of water.

Hauling Water - Seacoast Style!

President Mark Davis, June 07

On June 3rd, folks from the Stratham VFD (New Hampshire) and a few surrounding FDs refined their water hauling skills by running a 2-hr water supply drill. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by the Stratham VFD. The weekend was spent reviewing the key points of water hauling operations and the best practices associated with ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Tanker? #12 - Marked for Operation

President Mark Davis, May 31

We have often discussed the importance of apparatus markings when it comes to large scale operations. While you probably can quickly identify your neighboring town's apparatus, what about the pumper from across the County or the tanker from 15 miles away? When four tankers are lined up at the dump site or fill site and you can only see the back of them...then it is best that those rigs are marked ... (Full Story & Photos)

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A big air leak.
A big air leak.

Dry Fire Hydrant Repair & Maintenance #05 - The Importance of Quarterly Inspection

President Mark Davis, May 24

There is a reason that quarterly inspections and annual flow tests are recommended for all dry fire hydrant installations...that reason is "reliability." During some recent work in North Carolina we found a dry fire hydrant installation that looked great for accessing water from a fast moving mountain stream. However, upon closer examination it looked like the dry fire hydrant would not "work so well." ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dump Site Operations #16 - Number Signs and a Guide

President Mark Davis, May 17

During our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar in Johnson County, Iowa last month we had the opportunity to see another version of dump tank signage used to help guide tanker drivers. The folks used numbered signs on the dump tanks...AND...had a firefighter display a handheld sign visible to the tanker drivers as tankers approached the dump site. The firefighter's signs were constructed such ... (Full Story & Photos)

This firefighter using handheld "flip" signs directs tankers to the "correct" dump tank....meaning the one in which the Dump Site Officer wants the water dumped. While this position does require another human being, on large scale ( 4 or more dump tanks) operations this position can really help keep things running smoothly.
This firefighter using handheld "flip" signs directs tankers to the "correct" dump tank....meaning the one in which the Dump Site Officer wants the water dumped. While this position does require another human being, on large scale ( 4 or more dump tanks) operations this position can really help keep things running smoothly.

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Meredith 14-Engine-2 getting it done using three suction intakes to support a 1,400 gpm flow to the attack pumper while also running three jet siphons.
Meredith 14-Engine-2 getting it done using three suction intakes to support a 1,400 gpm flow to the attack pumper while also running three jet siphons.

Hauling Water - Lakes Region Style!

President Mark Davis, May 10

On May 6, 2018, units from 13 fire departments in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire participated in a rural water supply drill held in Meredith, NH. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar sponsored by the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid's Training Division and hosted by Chief Ken Jones and the Meredith FD. Ten tankers used two fills sites to support a 1,400 gpm ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Turbo Draft #03 - Open Relay in Iowa

President Mark Davis, May 03

During our April 2018, rural water supply operations seminar in Johnson County, Iowa we had a chance to work with a Turbo Draft device to supply water for a simulated tanker fill site. The crew deployed the Turbo Draft into Lake McBride and supplied it using a 150 feet of 2-1/2-inch hose line from Solon Engine 132...a 1,250 gpm pumper that carries 1,000 gallons of water. The Turbo Draft then fed ... (Full Story & Photos)

Turbo Draft ready to deploy in Johnson County, Iowa.
Turbo Draft ready to deploy in Johnson County, Iowa.

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Tiffin Tanker 156 dumps its 2000 gallons of water in an effort to help sustain the 800 gpm sustained fire flow.
Tiffin Tanker 156 dumps its 2000 gallons of water in an effort to help sustain the 800 gpm sustained fire flow.

Hauling Water - Hawkeye Style

President Mark Davis, April 26

A whole bunch of folks from Johnson County, Iowa and the surrounding areas spent this past weekend honing their water hauling skills by attending our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The seminar was sponsored by the Johnson County Mutual Aid Association and was hosted by the Jefferson-Monroe FD and the Solon FD. As usual, the weekend began with a 4-hr classroom review of the best practices ... (Full Story & Photos)

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