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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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What's on Your Tanker? #14 - More About Direct Fills

President Mark Davis, December 13

During our 2017 rural water supply seminar in Barnwell, Alabama, we encountered a number of large capacity tankers with various fill connections. The 3,500-gallon tanker shown in this news story caught our attention because of its two, "Fireman's Friend" direct fill valves. One of the direct fill valves was a 4-inch and the other a 2-1/2-inch. Either of the valves allow for a 1,000 gpm+ fill ... (Full Story & Photos)

Both fill lines in operation during the drill.  The LDH line far outperformed the 2-1/2-inch line because of the length of the hose lines.
Both fill lines in operation during the drill. The LDH line far outperformed the 2-1/2-inch line because of the length of the hose lines.

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This unique DFH design uses the venturi "jet" principle to help combat lift issues in this system.
This unique DFH design uses the venturi "jet" principle to help combat lift issues in this system.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design 20 - Jet Assist DFH - Dadeville, Alabama

President Mark Davis, December 06

This week's news story shares some photos from a "jet-assist" dry fire hydrant installation that was completed by Stan Merrett (ETT, LLC) several years. The installation was completed at Lake Martin in Dadeville, Alabama and work shown was a prototype at the time.

The installation runs out into the lake 186 feet and since the lake is drawn down about 10 feet in the winter there can be upwards of ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design 19 - Rotating DFH - Stony Creek, New York

President Mark Davis, November 29

Earlier this year we visited Stony Creek, New York to do some consulting on the possible installation of a bridge-mounted dry fire hydrant. While in Stony Creek we came across a rather unique design of an older, dry fire hydrant that used a rotating welded-steel pipe arrangement to access water. We did not flow test the existing system but local folks reported that it worked okay as long as the ... (Full Story & Photos)

A unique, rotating design dry fire hydrant in Stony Creek, New York.
A unique, rotating design dry fire hydrant in Stony Creek, New York.

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Hancock FD's 14-Engine-1 is set-up for "rural hitch" operations.
Hancock FD's 14-Engine-1 is set-up for "rural hitch" operations.

What's on Your Engine Company #01 - Hancock, NH

President Mark Davis, November 22

During our October dry fire hydrant installation in New Hampshire we had some extra time to look at a couple of rigs in the area. Hancock FD operates 14-Engine-1, a commercial chassis pumper that is outfitted to operate in a number of different non-hydranted water supply scenarios. The rig carries additional suction hose and a supply hose bed ready to support a "rural hitch" operation. It is always ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Texas Style!

President Mark Davis, November 15

On November 11, 2018, Chief Tim Smith and the folks from West Carlisle FD and surrounding areas worked to refine their water hauling skills during a 2-hour water supply drill at the Reese Technology Center. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by the West Carlise FD. The program started on Saturday with a morning classroom session ... (Full Story & Photos)

West Carlisle Engine 1 (1500 gpm/1000 gal) operates at the dump site pumping 1000 gpm plus four jet siphons.
West Carlisle Engine 1 (1500 gpm/1000 gal) operates at the dump site pumping 1000 gpm plus four jet siphons.

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Dump site operations in Bellville, Texas on July 19, 2018.  Thirty tankers from seven counties supported a 9-dump tank water supply operation at this gas cylinder facility.
Dump site operations in Bellville, Texas on July 19, 2018. Thirty tankers from seven counties supported a 9-dump tank water supply operation at this gas cylinder facility.

30-plus Tenders from Seven Counties Haul Water in Austin County, Texas

Adjunct Instructor Mark Wobus (Photo credit to the photographers), November 08

Firefighters in Austin County, Texas started the day of July 17, 2018 with a fire at Western International Gas and Cylinder. The call came into 911 dispatch just before 0600 hrs reporting acetylene bottles on fire. By the end of the day the fire progressed to multiple buildings involved and required the response of fire departments from seven counties. Western International Gas and Cylinder is an ... (Full Story & Photos)

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10-Hour Water Supply Operation - Township of Hillsborough, New Jersey

President Mark Davis and Captain Mike Guzy (Photos by Flagtown FD), November 01

On October 23rd, the folks in the Township of Hillsborough, New Jersey were faced with a very large, burning debris pile of landscaping materials that had been smoldering for several days. The local FDs were called into action to extinguish the fire. There were no nearby fire hydrants, so a tanker shuttle operation was set up to provide water for fire suppression efforts. Captain Michael Guzy of ... (Full Story & Photos)

Sixteen tankers helped support this 1,000 gpm fire flow for 10-hours.
Sixteen tankers helped support this 1,000 gpm fire flow for 10-hours.

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Hancock FD Engine 2 (1250 gpm) drafts using the newly installed dry fire hydrant and flows 1016 gpm through its pre-piped deck gun.
Hancock FD Engine 2 (1250 gpm) drafts using the newly installed dry fire hydrant and flows 1016 gpm through its pre-piped deck gun.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design 18 - Swivel Bridge Mount Design - Hancock, New Hampshire

President Mark Davis, October 25

In mid-October we installed one of our swiveling, bridge-mount dry fire hydrants on Tannery Hill Road in Hancock, New Hampshire. The folks at the Hancock FD contacted us in the Spring of 2018 and we were able to swing through in May and complete a site assessment. Once approvals were gained through the Town, production began on the system and installation was completed on October 11th. The key ... (Full Story & Photos)

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