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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.

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Hauling Water - Moosilauke Style

President Mark Davis, May 21

On May 16th and 17th, the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Association's Training Division sponsored our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which was hosted by the Wentworth VFD in Wentworth, New Hampshire - which is located a the southern end of the White Mountains - a very beautiful countryside. Folks from several nearby towns spent the weekend reviewing the basics of hauling water with tankers ... (Full Story & Photos)

Using LDH and an LDH manifold to load a 2,000-gallon tanker.
Using LDH and an LDH manifold to load a 2,000-gallon tanker.

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Cutler Grass 3571 drafts from a dump tank and supplies a jet siphon (orange) hose. This allowed the dump site pumper to focudirect more of its pump capacity to the fire flow.
Cutler Grass 3571 drafts from a dump tank and supplies a jet siphon (orange) hose. This allowed the dump site pumper to focudirect more of its pump capacity to the fire flow.

Dump Site Operations #09 - Supporting Jet Siphons

President Mark Davis, May 14

When running a multiple dump tank operation and using multiple jet siphons, a need often arises for another pumping unit to supply some of the jet siphons - simply due to pump capacity issues. This issue most commonly occurs when a smaller capacity pumper (1,250 gpm or less) is used as the dump site pumper and fire flows are needed in the 1,000 gpm range. Because jet siphons consume pump capacity, ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water in New Hampshire

President Mark Davis, May 07

The Chichester Firefighters Association and the Chichester Fire Department (New Hampshire) hosted our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar this past weekend. This was our second visit to Chichester deliverying the rural water supply seminar and once again we had a great time working with the folks from that region. Saturday was spent reviewing the basics of hauling water with tankers and Sunday ... (Full Story & Photos)

This portable pump helped to make this fill site a really functional fill site - filling tankers much faster than 1,000 gpm.
This portable pump helped to make this fill site a really functional fill site - filling tankers much faster than 1,000 gpm.

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The stopwatch was started when water first entered the dump tank. The timer was stopped when the dump tank overflowed.
The stopwatch was started when water first entered the dump tank. The timer was stopped when the dump tank overflowed.

TurboDraft Test - Kansas (2010)

President Mark Davis, April 30

While sorting through some photos we found information from a test that we did on a Turbo-Draft device back in 2010 while conducting one of our 2-day Rural Water Supply Operations Seminars in Marion County, Kansas. The goal was to see what kind of "gain" would be obtained when using the TurboDraft.

Given some of the recent discussion in our Members Area about TurboDraft - we decided to put the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Rural Pump Operator Course - Middlefield, CT

Senior Associate Alan Butsch, April 26

This weekend, GBW Instructors Alan Butsch and Chris Reilly are teaching a rural pumps operator class in Middlefield Connecticut. Yesterday the class reviewed basic attack and drafting functions including how to use purpose built cisterns. Nurse tanker functions were also covered. We look forward to covering relay operations and foam operations today.
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28' Ground ladder bridges the hardsleeve.  Photo by Chad Cave
28' Ground ladder bridges the hardsleeve. Photo by Chad Cave

Fill Site Operation - Frederick County, Maryland

Associate/Instructor Tom Coe, April 19

On Wednesday April 1st, units from Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland were dispatched to the 10600 Block of Church Hill Road in Myersville for a report of a house fire. Initial units found an advanced fire in a single family dwelling which was located in an area without fire hydrants. The incident commander directed Engine 122 (Braddock Heights) to establish a fill site at a pond at the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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