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Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar
Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar

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Rural Pump Operators Course

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Command for Small Town FDs

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Water Supply Officer Seminar

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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.

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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Fire Hydrant Operations #03 - Water Main Tuberculation

President Mark Davis, December 03

One of the problems with the aging infrastructures in today's communities is the build up of restrictive corrosion inside iron water pipes. Known as tuberculation, (think tuberculosis) this corrosion build up can severely impact the flow through a water main. When occurring in residential areas, this restrictive flow may not be discovered until the FD needs to flow hundreds of gallons a minute to ... (Full Story & Photos)

Flow restriction...(Photo by P. Quigley).
Flow restriction...(Photo by P. Quigley).

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Ready to draft!
Ready to draft!

Suction Hose - #05 - Eureka Engine 54-4

President Mark Davis, November 24

Eureka VFD Engine 54-4 (Stewartstown, PA) carries 64 feet of 6-inch suction hose. A 28-ft section is pre-connected in a "squirrel tail" fashion and is outfitted with a floating strainer. A 12-ft section of suction hose is pre-connected to another floating strainer and is carried on the officer's side of the rig. Two additional 12-ft lengths of suction hose are carried in a compartment. Engine 54-4 ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Maryland Style!

President Mark Davis, November 17

Some folks in Washington County, Maryland spent their weekend refining their water hauling skills. Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS and the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association sponsored our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar on November 12th and 13th. The program was held at the Williamsport fire station and was attended by folks from the Washington County and surrounding ... (Full Story & Photos)

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The 4-inch Fireman's Friend direct fill valve on Tender 685 is one of the best features of this water hauling rig.  The ease of use of this direct fill line allows for quicker turn-around times at the loading station.
The 4-inch Fireman's Friend direct fill valve on Tender 685 is one of the best features of this water hauling rig. The ease of use of this direct fill line allows for quicker turn-around times at the loading station.

What's on Your Tanker #05? - Texas

President Mark Davis, November 10

In June 2014, Tender 685 from Paige Volunteer Fire/Rescue (Texas) hauled water during our 2-day Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar in Bastrop. Like many of the tenders in the 2-hour drill at Bastrop, Tender 685 is set up quite nicely to efficiently haul water. The 2,000-gallon tender was built by Ferrara Fire Apparatus and is equipped with a 1,000 gpm pump and carries a 3,000-gallon dump tank. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Suction Hose - #04 - Ross Corner Engine 2

President Mark Davis, November 03

Suction hose is a mainstay in rural pumping operations. We always like to recognize those folks who put thought and effort into carrying more suction hose than what is required in NFPA 1901. While delivering our rural water supply operations seminar in York County, Maine (September 2016) we came across Engine 2 from the Ross Corner Fire Company. The fire company protects a rural area of southern ... (Full Story & Photos)

A 30-ft length of 6-inch suction hose is carried on top of the pumper.
A 30-ft length of 6-inch suction hose is carried on top of the pumper.

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The highlight of the drill was Eureka Engine 54-4 (2,250 gpm) drafting from four dump tanks using four different suction inlets!
The highlight of the drill was Eureka Engine 54-4 (2,250 gpm) drafting from four dump tanks using four different suction inlets!

Hauling Water - Pennsylvania Style - A New Member of the 1,000 GPM Club!

President Mark Davis, October 27

Congratulations to Chief Ira Walker, Jr. and the folks at the Eureka VFD in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania for achieving "1,000 GPM Club" member status. Over 40 participants from the Eureka VFD and other nearby fire departments attended our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which culminated in a 2-hr water supply drill. Using just eight tankers and two fill sites, the crews were able to start ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design 06 - Securing a Suction Strainer

President Mark Davis, October 20

When installing a dry fire hydrant in a pond, one concern is the need to anchor the suction strainer. When the pipe does not run out into the pond very far (say less than 10-ft from the shoreline), then the need to secure the strainer is not that critical. However, as the length of pipe in the water increases, then the need to secure the strainer increases as well. When using PVC pipe, the issue ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Jolly Farmer Fire Brigade Moves Some Big Water - Canadian Style!

President Mark Davis, October 13

On September 25th, Chief Paul Vandervalk and the folks from the Jolly Farmer Fire Brigade (New Brunswick, Canada) held their annual water supply drill and did a great job of hauling water with tankers! In October 2015, the folks at Jolly Farmer hosted our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar and worked on refining their water hauling skills. This year, they put those refinements to work and ... (Full Story & Photos)

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