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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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Getting in position for the flow test.
Getting in position for the flow test.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design 25 - Deployable Bridge-Mount Design - 1,500 gpm in Cecil County, Maryland

President Mark Davis, June 13

On May 23, 2019, we completed another one of our bridge-mounted dry fire hydrants for the folks at the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun in Cecil County, Maryland. The project was funded in part through a grant program and was the third such installation in the area. The most impressive feature of this installation was the flow test. We were able to achieve a 1,500 gpm flow (we think since it ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Lebanon County Style!

President Mark Davis, June 06

On June 2, folks from the Lebanon/Berks County border assembled in Myerstown, PA to practice their water hauling skills at our 2-hr water supply drill. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations that was sponsored and hosted by the Kutztown Community Fire Company. Seminar participants spent all day Saturday and all of Sunday morning reviewing the finer points of hauling ... (Full Story & Photos)

Crews spent Saturday afternoon reviewing the different arrangements of portable dump tanks.
Crews spent Saturday afternoon reviewing the different arrangements of portable dump tanks.

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The quick access to water outweighs the excessive lift at this installation site. The water source is dependable and critical to the area. Plus, the local FD operates a large capacity pumper.
The quick access to water outweighs the excessive lift at this installation site. The water source is dependable and critical to the area. Plus, the local FD operates a large capacity pumper.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design 24 - Deployable Bridge-Mount Design, Strafford, New Hampshire

President Mark Davis, May 30

In May 2016 we installed three of our swiveling bridge-mount dry fire hydrants in Strafford, New Hampshire. The one shown being installed here on First Crown Point Road presented a challenge due to the lift. However, the water source was excellent and dependable and the fire department chose to forego the lift concern and go with the better access. While we try to keep our installations under the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Lake Erie Style!

President Mark Davis, May 23

On Sunday, May 19th, crews from the Albion VFD and surrounding companies in Erie County (PA) and nearby Ohio refined their water hauling skills by participating in a 2-hour water supply drill as part of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The drill was the culmination of the weekend and gave folks the opportunity to use best practices and their own equipment to support a 500 gpm flow ... (Full Story & Photos)

Two tankers dump at the same time as the 3-dump tank operation supports the 800 gpm flow.
Two tankers dump at the same time as the 3-dump tank operation supports the 800 gpm flow.

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No Caption What's on Your Tanker? #18 - Direct Fill Relief Valve (Iowa)

President Mark Davis, May 16

Some folks choose to install an inlet control/relief valve on their tanker's direct fill line in lieu of the traditional valve from the apparatus manufacturer. Most commonly, this decision is based on the relief feature of the installed valve and the ability to control the pressure entering the tank at the point of entry. During our rural water supply seminar in Johnson County, Iowa last year we ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Big Apple Style!

President Mark Davis, May 09

On Sunday afternoon, May 5th, folks from the Shortsville (NY) Fire Department and surrounding areas practiced their water-hauling abilities by participating in a 2-hr water supply drill where the goal was to sustain a 500 gpm flow for the 2-hr period. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by the Shortsville Fire Department. ... (Full Story & Photos)

The final set-up produced a 1000 gpm flow using 3 dump tanks.
The final set-up produced a 1000 gpm flow using 3 dump tanks.

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President Mark Davis, May 02

Last weekend we had the fortunate opportunity to travel to High River, Alberta to deliver our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar for the High River and Foothills Fire Departments. More than 50 folks from around the High River area and British Columbia area attended the program. The weekend was spent reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tenders. An unexpected late spring snow ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Tanker? #17 - Pre-Connected Jet Siphon - North Hays Fire Rescue (Texas)

President Mark Davis, April 25

Followers of our work know that we emphasize arranging water supply-related tools and equipment on apparatus for quick deployment with as few as people as possible. During our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar in Hays County, Texas we found a number of tenders outfitted with a pre-connected jet siphon in a single-length of suction hose. This arrangement allowed the tender to drop its dump ... (Full Story & Photos)

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