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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.

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #14 - Patriots Point Museum - South Carolina

President Mark Davis, February 15

Deputy Chief Matt Cole (Chichester FD - New Hampshire) was kind enough to provide us a few photos of an interesting dry fire installation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina at the home of the Patriots Point Museum. While we have no official details of the installation regarding when, why, what, and how...one can surmise quite a bit by just looking at it.

The design includes the use of a single ... (Full Story & Photos)

An interesting dry fire hydrant design in Charleston Harbor.
An interesting dry fire hydrant design in Charleston Harbor.

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This arrangement of appliances was deployed prior to the pumper arriving at the in-line location.  This action is probably not practical on an initial hose lay, but if this was being done to support an existing operation, then it certainly would work.
This arrangement of appliances was deployed prior to the pumper arriving at the in-line location. This action is probably not practical on an initial hose lay, but if this was being done to support an existing operation, then it certainly would work.

LDH Appliances #03 - Creativity Used When Adding a Pumper to a Relay Pumping Operation

President Mark Davis, February 08

During our relay pumping/LDH seminar last May in Shelby County, Alabama, we came across an interesting use of a 5" jumbo wye and a 5" double-clappered siamese. The use of the two appliances occurred during the relay pumping drill where 2,200-ft of 5-inch hose was deployed in an effort to practice adding pumpers to a long hose lay. There were no in-line relay valves available for use so one group ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Suction Hose - #09 - Hartford, VT

President Mark Davis, February 01

If you follow our work then you know that we harp on "keeping it simple" and "keeping it ready for use"...whatever "it" is. A few years ago while doing some water supply study work in Hartford, Vermont we came across a pumper set-up to quickly deploy suction hose for dump tank operations. Nothing fancy by any means...just some planning and simple design work to speed up the deployment of suction ... (Full Story & Photos)

Ready for quick deployment in Hartford, Vermont!
Ready for quick deployment in Hartford, Vermont!

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The use of ponds for fire protection water storage is common all across the USA and Canada.  A well-designed and maintained pond is critical to meeting the fire protection water supply need.  In most all cases, ponds must be maintained - they simply cannot be constructed and "left alone."
The use of ponds for fire protection water storage is common all across the USA and Canada. A well-designed and maintained pond is critical to meeting the fire protection water supply need. In most all cases, ponds must be maintained - they simply cannot be constructed and "left alone."

Certified Master Pond Manager Services

President Mark Davis, January 25

We are pleased to announce that Mark E. Davis, President and owner of GBW Associates, LLC has completed Clemson University's Certified Master Pond Manager program. What does the MPM certification bring to the fire protection water supply arena? The certification process provides a thorough review of all aspects of managing storm water and recreational ponds - which of course in many cases end up being ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Front Suction Intake Flow Test Project - Test Results Summary

President Mark Davis, January 18

On September 30, 2017, the folks from GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC conducted a number of flow tests on a variety of different makes, models, and styles of 6-inch, fire department suction strainers. Included in that work was a flow test on the front suction intake of a 2,250 gpm pumper. The purpose of the flow test was to demonstrate the reduced flow capability of a front ... (Full Story & Photos)

This 6-inch front intake was limited to 860 gpm on this 2,250 gpm pumper.
This 6-inch front intake was limited to 860 gpm on this 2,250 gpm pumper.

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A 90-degree suction elbow in use during our water supply drill in Turtle, Wisconsin back in 2013.  The suction elbows are becoming more popular as folks move to the single-lane dump tank arrangement.  We all know that the side suction inlets on a midship mount fire pump far out perform any front intake, so the suction elbow is a real bonus in terms of drafting from the front without the restriction of a front intake.
A 90-degree suction elbow in use during our water supply drill in Turtle, Wisconsin back in 2013. The suction elbows are becoming more popular as folks move to the single-lane dump tank arrangement. We all know that the side suction inlets on a midship mount fire pump far out perform any front intake, so the suction elbow is a real bonus in terms of drafting from the front without the restriction of a front intake.

Suction Elbow Flow Test Project - Test Results Summary

President Mark Davis, January 11

On September 30, 2017, the folks from GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC conducted a number of flow tests on a variety of different makes, models, and styles of 6-inch, fire department suction strainers. Included in that work were flow tests on three models of 90-degree suction elbows. The results from the suction elbow strainer performance tests are presented in this document.

All ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Suction Strainer Flow Test Project - Test Results Summaries

President Mark Davis, January 04

On September 30, 2017, the folks from GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC conducted a number of flow tests on 30 different makes, models, and styles of 6-inch, fire department suction strainers. The summary results from those flow tests are presented in this document.

All testing was done at the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center in Annandale, New Jersey. Engine ... (Full Story & Photos)

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The newly installed swiveling, bridge mount DFH provides the Hague VFD with quicker access to water along the Hague Brook.
The newly installed swiveling, bridge mount DFH provides the Hague VFD with quicker access to water along the Hague Brook.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design #13 - Bridge Mount Installation - Hague, New York

President Mark Davis, December 28

The folks in Hague, New York (Warren County) now have a new dry fire hydrant system to help provide fire protection water for the "downtown" area of the town. In mid-December, we installed one of our swiveling, bridge mount dry fire hydrants on a NY State Bridge over Hague Creek. The installation used our saddle mount brackets to support the swiveling DFH. A number of New York State agencies were ... (Full Story & Photos)

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