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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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The challenge of this installation was the 2-inch bridge railing structure to which the system had to be attached.
The challenge of this installation was the 2-inch bridge railing structure to which the system had to be attached.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design #27 - Bridge Mount Installation - East Hopewell Township, PA

President Mark Davis, July 18

One of our more challenging bridge mount dry fire hydrant installations was completed in the first part of 2018 in East Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania (York County). The 2-inch bridge railing system provided the design challenge of how to anchor to the rail without allowing the mounting system to slip or the rail to be crushed. The final design overcame those two issues and the system worked just ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Inspecting Underground Fire Protection Water Storage Tanks #03 - The Physical Exam

President Mark Davis, July 11

As with any fire protection system, the reliability of the system is only as good as the inspection and maintenance program. The good news is that underground fire protection water storage tanks have few parts needing inspection and for the most part are very reliable as long as they are full of water. However, an inspection and flow testing program should include quarterly physical inspections of ... (Full Story & Photos)

Which, if any of these pipes is broken?
Which, if any of these pipes is broken?

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One of Howard County, Maryland's regional, 30,000-gallon underground fire protection water storage tanks.  The tank installation was completed as part of a comprehensive County program to improve fire protection water supply access throughout the non-hydranted areas of the County.
One of Howard County, Maryland's regional, 30,000-gallon underground fire protection water storage tanks. The tank installation was completed as part of a comprehensive County program to improve fire protection water supply access throughout the non-hydranted areas of the County.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design #26 - Regional Underground Storage Tanks - One County's Approach

President Mark Davis, July 04

There are a number of locales around North America that work to improve their fire protection water supplies in the non-hydranted areas. In Central Maryland, both Carroll and Howard Counties have established programs for the installation of 30,000-gallon regional underground storage tanks. Last year we featured the installation process for such a tank in Carroll County. The photos in this news ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Fill Site Operations #06 - What is Missing in this Picture?

President Mark Davis, June 27

From time to time we post news about the advantages of a using a vacuum tanker during water hauling operations. What is missing in the cover photo is an engine company. The photo shows a vacuum tanker loading site at a boat ramp along Geneva Lake in Linn, Wisconsin. All that was needed was access to the water and the tanker loading station was up and loading in no time. The hardest part was the ... (Full Story & Photos)

All set up just waiting on the vacuum tanker to return for a load of water.
All set up just waiting on the vacuum tanker to return for a load of water.

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The step-ladder provides no argument about how to attach the hose, or where to park the firetruck, or who should win the ball game. A nice silent...but effective partner!
The step-ladder provides no argument about how to attach the hose, or where to park the firetruck, or who should win the ball game. A nice silent...but effective partner!

Fill Site Operations #05 - Another Use for a Step Ladder

President Mark Davis, June 20

During our 2009 travels to Seneca County, New York we learned of another use for a 6-ft step ladder. The two-person crew on Ovid FD's Engine 1141 was assigned to set up and operate a tanker fill site during our 2-hr water supply drill. The crew obviously was well-versed at such an operation and knew how to make the one-person suction hose hook-up easier. Engine 1141 is also a rescue engine so it ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design 25 - Deployable Bridge-Mount Design - 1,500 gpm in Cecil County, Maryland

President Mark Davis, June 13

On May 23, 2019, we completed another one of our bridge-mounted dry fire hydrants for the folks at the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun in Cecil County, Maryland. The project was funded in part through a grant program and was the third such installation in the area. The most impressive feature of this installation was the flow test. We were able to achieve a 1,500 gpm flow (we think since it ... (Full Story & Photos)

Getting in position for the flow test.
Getting in position for the flow test.

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Crews spent Saturday afternoon reviewing the different arrangements of portable dump tanks.
Crews spent Saturday afternoon reviewing the different arrangements of portable dump tanks.

Hauling Water - Lebanon County Style!

President Mark Davis, June 06

On June 2, folks from the Lebanon/Berks County border assembled in Myerstown, PA to practice their water hauling skills at our 2-hr water supply drill. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations that was sponsored and hosted by the Kutztown Community Fire Company. Seminar participants spent all day Saturday and all of Sunday morning reviewing the finer points of hauling ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design 24 - Deployable Bridge-Mount Design, Strafford, New Hampshire

President Mark Davis, May 30

In May 2016 we installed three of our swiveling bridge-mount dry fire hydrants in Strafford, New Hampshire. The one shown being installed here on First Crown Point Road presented a challenge due to the lift. However, the water source was excellent and dependable and the fire department chose to forego the lift concern and go with the better access. While we try to keep our installations under the ... (Full Story & Photos)

The quick access to water outweighs the excessive lift at this installation site. The water source is dependable and critical to the area. Plus, the local FD operates a large capacity pumper.
The quick access to water outweighs the excessive lift at this installation site. The water source is dependable and critical to the area. Plus, the local FD operates a large capacity pumper.

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