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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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Upcoming Seminars, Courses, and Drills

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Our Spring 2018 Seminar Schedule Will Be Released 

January 1, 2018

 
   
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One of the demos took a look at the Otter being used in a dump tank. It seemed to work just fine as long as the tank was 1/2 full or better.
One of the demos took a look at the Otter being used in a dump tank. It seemed to work just fine as long as the tank was 1/2 full or better.

New Product: The Otter

President Mark Davis, November 16

Last weekend we had the opportunity to see the Otter in operation in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Chief Matthew Morgan and the folks at the Ryan Twp FD hosted a demo of Chief Fire's "Otter" - a 2,000 gpm floating source pump made of lightweight composite materials and hydraulically powered. We had the opportunity to try out a couple of scenarios and in all cases, the Otter proved quite impressive. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Suction Hose - #07 - Carrying More Than 20-feet

President Mark Davis, November 08

If you follow our work then you know that we advocate carrying more than 20-feet of suction hose if drafting is part of your water supply operation repertoire. Whether you are running a tanker fill site, or a four-tank dump site, or drafting from the Mississippi River and pumping water back to downtown to fight a big fire, suction hose and suction strainers are some of the most important equipment ... (Full Story & Photos)

The "low stuff" is used first. The "high stuff" is used when more suction hose is needed.
The "low stuff" is used first. The "high stuff" is used when more suction hose is needed.

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Drafting basins generally require no connection to a fitting and simply provide a large opening in which suction hose and a barrel/basket strainer can be deployed.  These arrangements can easily permit flows in excess of 1,000 gpm.
Drafting basins generally require no connection to a fitting and simply provide a large opening in which suction hose and a barrel/basket strainer can be deployed. These arrangements can easily permit flows in excess of 1,000 gpm.

Drafting Basins #01 - Clinton, CT

President Mark Davis, November 02

There was some recent discussion about "drafting basins" in our Members Area Discussion Forum so we thought we would show a couple of photos about the basin concept. Of course, terminology can vary from locale to locale, but traditionally a drafting basin is an area where FD drafting operations can occur without the need for making a connection to a suction head and the water supplied comes from a ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Tanker? #11 - Bringing More Than Water and A Dump Tank to the Game

President Mark Davis, October 26

What does you tanker "bring to the game?" Hopefully, every tanker brings water and a portable dump tank to the game. The better equipped tanker can bring suction hose, jet siphons, a low level suction strainer, an LDH appliance or two, and perhaps another dump tank to the game called rural water supply operations. As the first tankers arrive at a dump site, chances are good that the dump site crew ... (Full Story & Photos)

A well-equipped tanker brings more than water to a dump site.  Union Fire Co's Tanker 21 can drop two, 3,000-gal dump tanks, several lengths of 6-inch suction hose, and a variety of dump site support devices to assist drafting and water transfer operations.
A well-equipped tanker brings more than water to a dump site. Union Fire Co's Tanker 21 can drop two, 3,000-gal dump tanks, several lengths of 6-inch suction hose, and a variety of dump site support devices to assist drafting and water transfer operations.

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A professional, fire hose service testing company is seen here completing annual service testing on Winfield VFD's (Maryland) LDH appliances.
A professional, fire hose service testing company is seen here completing annual service testing on Winfield VFD's (Maryland) LDH appliances.

LDH Appliances - Annual Service Testing

President Mark Davis, October 19

The annual service testing of LDH appliances is an important part of a fire department's hose testing program. Whether done by fire department personnel or by a private vendor, service testing of LDH appliances is completed to ensure the safety and reliability of the device. NFPA 1962 provides a wide range of guidance on the care, use, inspection, and service testing of fire hose, nozzles, and appliances. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - In the Big Apple!

President Mark Davis, October 12

On October 7th and 8th, folks in Shortsville, New York, spent their weekend refining their rural water supply operations as part of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The program was sponsored and hosted by the Shortsville FD and participants were from the Shortsville area. Saturday morning was spent reviewing the basics of hauling water with tankers. The remainin... (Full Story & Photos)

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Suction Strainer Research Project - Flow Test Data Collection Day

President Mark Davis, October 05

September 30th was the "big day" for our suction strainer flow test research project...a collaborative effort between Water Supply Innovations, LLC and GBW Associates, LLC. We tested 28 suction strainers in 35 flow tests over a period of about 7 hours at the Emergency Services Training Center location in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. From GBW Associates, LLC...Mark Davis served as project manager ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Texas Aggie Style!

President Mark Davis, September 28

We recently visited Grimes County, Texas to deliver our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar to the Shiro VFD and friends. Class participants learned about setting up dump sites and using a brush truck to build out an open relay fill site on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon, folks from the Shiro, Iola, and Richards Fire Departments worked together to move 500 gpm ... (Full Story & Photos)

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