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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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Hauling Water - Hawkeye Style

President Mark Davis, April 23

A whole bunch of folks from Johnson County, Iowa and the surrounding areas spent this past weekend honing their water hauling skills by attending our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The seminar was sponsored by the Johnson County Mutual Aid Association and was hosted by the Jefferson-Monroe FD and the Solon FD. As usual, the weekend began with a 4-hr classroom review of the best practices ... (Full Story & Photos)

Tiffin Tanker 156 dumps its 2000 gallons of water in an effort to help sustain the 800 gpm sustained fire flow.
Tiffin Tanker 156 dumps its 2000 gallons of water in an effort to help sustain the 800 gpm sustained fire flow.

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Making it work! This LDH gated wye was used in a "reverse" manner to aid this pumper in supplying 1,000 gpm to the attack pumper.
Making it work! This LDH gated wye was used in a "reverse" manner to aid this pumper in supplying 1,000 gpm to the attack pumper.

LDH Appliances #04 - Solving Flow Problems - South Carolina

President Mark Davis, April 19

When a pumper does not have a "high-flow" discharge and the plan is to supply an LDH hose line, then that plan needs to include manifolding or siamesing two or three smaller lines so that the higher flow can be achieved. This needs to happen even when one does not have the best appliance choice. At our recent seminar and drill in Oconee County, Carolina...the supply pumper at the dump site did not ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Army Style!

President Mark Davis, April 12

Folks from the USAG Fort Detrick FD (Maryland) spent April 10th, 11th, and 12th refining their rural water supply skills under the watchful eye of GBW Associates' instructors. Three, 8-hr days were spent reviewing the basics of hauling water with tankers...with special emphasis placed on dump site and fill site operations. While the Ft Detrick FD dedicates its service to protecting the vast US Army ... (Full Story & Photos)

Dual suctions in use by E501 as they maximize pump operation as the fill site engine.
Dual suctions in use by E501 as they maximize pump operation as the fill site engine.

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No Caption Fifteen Years, 40 States, 3 Provinces, and 5,000+ Students Later...

President Mark Davis, April 05

We are pleased to announce our 15th Anniversary of spreading GotBigWater "knowledge". Little did we know in the Spring of 2003 that what was born in the basement corner office of an old rancher would one day become a leader in the fire protection water supply field. We could not have done it alone...many have helped us along the way and to them we say "Thank You." First and foremost, the most credit ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design 15 - Swivel Mount Design - Stewartstown, PA

President Mark Davis, March 29

During the month of February 2018, we had the pleasure of designing and installing five, bridge mount dry fire hydrant systems in the Stewartstown area of York County, Pennsylvania. The project was funded in part by grant funds made available to the Eureka Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department. The folks at Eureka VFD are well-known for their water supply capabilities and the new, bridge mount ... (Full Story & Photos)

Eureka Engine 54-2 is shown here flowing 1150 gpm during the installation performance certification test at the Orchard Rd site.
Eureka Engine 54-2 is shown here flowing 1150 gpm during the installation performance certification test at the Orchard Rd site.

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Folks from across McCurtain County, Oklahoma spent their Sunday afternoon hauling water with tankers so that new members could learn the process and old members could refine their skills.
Folks from across McCurtain County, Oklahoma spent their Sunday afternoon hauling water with tankers so that new members could learn the process and old members could refine their skills.

Hauling Water - Oklahoma Style!

President Mark Davis, March 22

On Sunday, March 18th, forty-plus fire department members from across McCurtain County, Oklahoma spent their afternoon running a tanker shuttle to practice their water hauling skills. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which focused on tanker shuttle operations. The weekend started off Saturday in Broken Bow reviewing the basics of hauling water and ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Upstate South Carolina Style!

President Mark Davis, March 15

On the afternoon of March 11th, the folks from Oconee County, South Carolina spent a couple of hours refining their water hauling skills as part of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The weekend seminar was sponsored and hosted by Chief Charles King and the Oconee County Emergency Services. The 2-hr water supply drill gave the seminar participants the chance to refine their skills ... (Full Story & Photos)

Three dump tanks (one 3,000 and two 2,000) were used to support the 1,000 gpm flow.
Three dump tanks (one 3,000 and two 2,000) were used to support the 1,000 gpm flow.

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When back-flushed, water freely ran out of the bottom of the suction head connection fitting. Remember, a small water leak is a huge air leak.
When back-flushed, water freely ran out of the bottom of the suction head connection fitting. Remember, a small water leak is a huge air leak.

Dry Fire Hydrant Repair & Maintenance #04 - The Importance of Flow Testing

President Mark Davis, March 08

Our website followers know we continually stress the importance of water supply source inspection and testing. Without flow testing, there is no definitive way to ensure the operational readiness of dry fire hydrant systems. The dry fire hydrant head shown in this news story clearly leaks. Local FD crews reported an inability to establish a prime. We connected a pumper and behold, no prime could ... (Full Story & Photos)

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