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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.

 Scroll down to see our recent activities, upcoming events, and website updates.

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Upcoming Seminars, Courses, and Drills

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Drafting Tip #06 - Use Dual Suctions to Increase Pump Capacity

President Mark Davis, July 31

A very good way to increase the pump capacity of pumper (one that is rated 1500 gpm or less) is to draft using two suction inlets. Pumpers that have midship mounted pumps rated 1,500 gpm or less are usually rated using only one of their side suction inlets. By using both suction inlets, capacity can be significantly increased as long as the motor can produce sufficient torque to drive the pump. For ... (Full Story & Photos)

This 1,500 gpm pumper used dual, 6-inch suctions to improve its flow capacity during a recent water supply drill in Peace River, Alberta.
This 1,500 gpm pumper used dual, 6-inch suctions to improve its flow capacity during a recent water supply drill in Peace River, Alberta.

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The 1000 GPM Club

President Mark Davis, July 17

We are pleased to announce that we will begin recognizing those folks who can deliver 1,000 gpm (or more) during the second hour of our 2-hour "ISO" water supply drill. After having delivered more than 40 of our 2-day Rural Water Supply Operations Seminars over the last five years - we have found the "1000 gpm" flow rate to be a special target that only a few groups have been able to reach AND sustain ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Know Your Roots!

President Mark Davis, July 10

A couple of years ago we got called to repair a broken suction pipe on a buried underground tank that held fire protection water for a nearby commercial property. The pipe on the tank had been cracked for a few years and the local FD was having trouble obtaining a draft during their annual flow tests. When the pipe got struck by a tractor pushing snow - then it was time to call us for repair.

As ... (Full Story & Photos)

Don't let that innocent looking tree fool you - it created quite a problem.
Don't let that innocent looking tree fool you - it created quite a problem.

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The pumps fed into a double-clappered siamese which allows one pump to be carried, placed and water flow started. The second pump then is placed on-line once it makes it to the pond.
The pumps fed into a double-clappered siamese which allows one pump to be carried, placed and water flow started. The second pump then is placed on-line once it makes it to the pond.

Portable Pumps Used to Supply Water for Fire Attack in Alberta

President Mark Davis, July 04

Earlier in June 2014, the folks in High Level, Alberta, Canada responded to a structure fire that occurred about 23 miles outside of the Town of High Level. Chief Rodney Schmidt (High Level FD) arrived at the same time as an engine from Fort Vermillion FD followed by a 3,000 gallon tender from the High Level FD. Crews went to work on fire attack operations and a dump tank operation was placed in-service ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dump Site Operations #3 - Numbered Tanks

President Mark Davis, June 26

During our June rural water supply seminar in Bastrop, Texas, we had a chance to see a very nice dump tank numbering system used to aid in choreographing the offloading of water at a 4-tank dump site operation. The folks from North Hays County had roll-up vinyl signs that displayed large numbers. These signs were carried on their tender and were deployed at the dump site once they arrived to offload ... (Full Story & Photos)

These vinyl roll-up signs use a simple design and concept to display a very important message.
These vinyl roll-up signs use a simple design and concept to display a very important message.

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Ashville VFC Engine 603 (2,250 gpm) is an effective water supply unit because it is equipped with 60 feet of hard suction hose.  The crew does not have to wait for other pumpers to show up in order to deploy multiple suction lines.
Ashville VFC Engine 603 (2,250 gpm) is an effective water supply unit because it is equipped with 60 feet of hard suction hose. The crew does not have to wait for other pumpers to show up in order to deploy multiple suction lines.

Suction Hose #03 - Some More About Suction Hose

President Mark Davis, June 20

We continue to provide examples of the need for carrying additional suction hose on pumpers and tankers (tenders) in the rural areas. Unless specified, an engine and engine/tanker generally comes with 20 feet of suction hose. But...we know from experience that there are many situations where more than 20 feet of suction hose is needed just to reach the water's edge.

Therefore, when designing your ... (Full Story & Photos)

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