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Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar
Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar

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Rural Pump Operators Course

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Command for Small Town FDs

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Water Supply Officer Seminar

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Relay Pumping With Large Diameter Hose

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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.

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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What's on Your Tanker #07? - Texas

President Mark Davis, April 20

During our February seminar in Austin County, Texas we came across a 2,000-gallon tanker from the Pattison Area VFD. We always like to look at the working end of a tanker and Tanker 2's is pretty simple. The tanker is outfitted to fill using 5-inch LDH ...and a short section of hose is carried right there for quick set-up! The swiveling dump chute is an economical way to go to achieve side and ... (Full Story & Photos)

A simple set-up to allow for quick loading using 5-inch LDH and to allow for quick dumping using the swiveling dump chute.
A simple set-up to allow for quick loading using 5-inch LDH and to allow for quick dumping using the swiveling dump chute.

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Nothing fancy here! However, the rig is set up quite nicely to function as an attack pumper and to make it easier on the pump operator and crew when doing so.
Nothing fancy here! However, the rig is set up quite nicely to function as an attack pumper and to make it easier on the pump operator and crew when doing so.

Apparatus: Making It Simple in Rhode Island

President Mark Davis, April 13

As we travel the lands delivering our water supply and pump operator programs, it is pretty clear that when you can work to simplify an operation then the chances of that operation being a success during the "real" event increase dramatically. This becomes even more important in small fire departments that run a limited number of calls annually, yet are expected to perform in times of crisis. During ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hose Reel Trucks - Hose 381 Porter Kingston Fire District

President Mark Davis, April 06

Hose reel trucks have been around for many years and are sometimes associated with a "regional" approach to water supply operations. The use of a hose reel truck adds another "tool in the toolbox" when it comes to water supply options in areas with limited fire protection water supplies. In the rural areas, a hose reel truck can serve as a source pumper and supply water back to a fire scene, tanker ... (Full Story & Photos)

Hose 381 is a compact unit that proves quite capable of maneuvering on a fire scene or at a water supply source.
Hose 381 is a compact unit that proves quite capable of maneuvering on a fire scene or at a water supply source.

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Blowing the water off.
Blowing the water off.

Blow It Off

President Mark Davis, March 30

During our 2014 seminar in Peace River, Alberta we had several vacuum tankers to use during the program. Occasionally, we encounter folks who don't use a vacuum tanker to its full ability - that was NOT the case in Peace River. But...we were able to grab a couple of good comparison photos showing a vacuum tanker being unloaded by gravity and being unloaded under pressure. If you run a vacuum tanker ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Tanker #06? - Texas

President Mark Davis, March 23

A tanker (tender) is meant to supply water at a fire...anything we can do to speed up that process and improve efficiency is only going to improve our chances for a better outcome. Not every water supply operation involves a dump tank, some times a nurse tanker operation is needed or used in the early phases of an incident so that the initial fire attack is not interrupted. Sometimes...we just have ... (Full Story & Photos)

Nothing fancy...but quite efficient.
Nothing fancy...but quite efficient.

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With the jumbo wye connected in this manner, the short length of yellow hose is used as a large drain to speed up the disconnect operation at the tanker's direct fill intake.
With the jumbo wye connected in this manner, the short length of yellow hose is used as a large drain to speed up the disconnect operation at the tanker's direct fill intake.

Tanker Operations #13 - LDH Appliance Use at Fill Sites

President Mark Davis, March 16

After reviewing the more than 50 tanker shuttle drills that we have posted on this site it is pretty clear that those folks who can load tankers using LDH are the same folks that perform quite well at delivering the higher flow rates at the dump site. Effective use of LDH requires the use of LDH appliances. At our 2013 water supply drill in Jarrettsville, Maryland - all of the fill sites used LDH ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Tanker Operations #12 - Vacuum Tanker Fill Site Ops

President Mark Davis, March 09

As we saw in the video clips from our Austin County, Texas drill, one way to handle the loading of a vacuum tanker is to set-up a dump tank, keep it full of water, and let the vacuum tanker load directly from the dump tank. This procedure is one reason that folks often carry two dump tanks on a vacuum tanker. One for use at the dump site and one for use at a fill site. We found some photos from ... (Full Story & Photos)

Tanker 301 is a 3500-gal vacuum tanker that is quite a "big water" hauler.
Tanker 301 is a 3500-gal vacuum tanker that is quite a "big water" hauler.

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A dump tank was used at the fill site for the vacuum tanker. The hydrant kept the tank full and the vacuum tanker simply "sucked it up" with little effort and in little time.
A dump tank was used at the fill site for the vacuum tanker. The hydrant kept the tank full and the vacuum tanker simply "sucked it up" with little effort and in little time.

Hauling Water - Texas Style!

President Mark Davis, March 02

Folks from Austin County and surrounding areas spent their Sunday afternoon hauling water in Bellville, Texas as part of a 2-hr water supply drill. The Austin County Firefighters Association sponsored our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar and the Bellville VFD hosted the weekend seminar. The 2-hr drill culminated the weekend allowing participants to put to practice the skills they had ... (Full Story & Photos)

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