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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

Water Supply Officer Seminar
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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Hauling Water - Stanley, Iowa Style

President Mark Davis, June 08

The folks in Stanley, Iowa spent June 3rd and 4th refining their water hauling skills during our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. Chief Rodger Sill and the members of the Stanley FD have worked hard over the years to build an apparatus fleet using government surplus vehicles and equipment - and they have become quite successful. The weekend was spent reviewing the best practices of how ... (Full Story & Photos)

Stanley Tanker 511 dumps its 3000-gallons of water during the June 4th drill in Stanley, Iowa.
Stanley Tanker 511 dumps its 3000-gallons of water during the June 4th drill in Stanley, Iowa.

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Hauling Water - Alabama Style - Again!

President Mark Davis, June 01

On May 21st, the folks in Shelby County, Alabama practiced their water hauling abilities during our 2-hr tanker shuttle drill. The event was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which was held at the Pelham Civic Center and was sponsored by Shelby County EMA and the Alabama Fire College. Once again, the 1,000 gpm mark was reached as crews worked hard shuttling water ... (Full Story & Photos)

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LDH/Relay Pumping Seminar in Alabama

President Mark Davis, May 25

On May 20th, Shelby County EMA and the Alabama Fire College sponsored our 8-hr LDH/Relay Pumping Seminar. The seminar was conducted at the Pelham Civic Center in Pelham, Alabama. The morning hours were spent reviewing the basics of LDH, relay pumping, and drafting operations. The afternoon was spent examining the flow capabilities of a 2,200-ft hose lay of 5-inch LDH and the manner by which relay ... (Full Story & Photos)

Measuring the flow at the end of the 2,200-ft lay of 5-inch LDH.
Measuring the flow at the end of the 2,200-ft lay of 5-inch LDH.

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Using dual suctions allowed Engine 142 to improve its pump capability and thus load tankers more efficiently. Forty feet of suction hose was used on the driver side intake and 100-ft of suction hose was used on the front intake. (Photo by Tim Legore)
Using dual suctions allowed Engine 142 to improve its pump capability and thus load tankers more efficiently. Forty feet of suction hose was used on the driver side intake and 100-ft of suction hose was used on the front intake. (Photo by Tim Legore)

Suction Hose - #06 - Winfield Engine 142 - Tanker Fill Site Ops with 100-feet of Suction Hose

President Mark Davis, May 18

On May 7th, Winfield VFD's Engine 142 participated in the Maryland State Firemans Association's rural water supply drill held in New Market, Maryland. The engine and crew were used to run a tanker fill site at a nearby pond. Engine 142 is a 4-Guys pumper outfitted with a 1,500 gpm Hale Qmax pump, a Trident Automatic Air Primer, 40-feet of suction hose, and 2,200-feet of 5-inch LDH - plus a variety ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Alberta Style

President Mark Davis, May 11

The folks in High Level, Alberta spent the afternoon of May 8th refining their water hauling skills by running a tender shuttle drill. The drill was the culmination of our Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which was sponsored and hosted by Chief Rodney Schmidt and the High Level Fire Department. The Town of High Level is located in far northern section of Alberta and besides the extreme cold ... (Full Story & Photos)

Engine 1 operated the only fill site for the drill - which was an "open relay" supplied by two portable pumps.
Engine 1 operated the only fill site for the drill - which was an "open relay" supplied by two portable pumps.

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"Water Supply to Tanker 14, I need you to dump into Tank #1"  - Using these tank ID signs there is no doubt which dump tank is the #1 tank.
"Water Supply to Tanker 14, I need you to dump into Tank #1" - Using these tank ID signs there is no doubt which dump tank is the #1 tank.

New Product Alert - Dump Tank ID Signage

President Mark Davis, May 04

Followers of our website know that we sell no products but our own and we accept no advertising - that way we can comment without influence. But...when we find new products that can help the water supply delivery process, we feel compelled to bring them to folks attention. ETT, LLC out of Dadeville, Alabama recently developed a simple signage setup for dump tank operations. The attachable signs ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design 08 - Bridge Assessment

President Mark Davis, April 27

We are often asked about our bridge-mounted dry fire hydrant designs. All of these installations first begin with an assessment of the bridge and the water flow underneath. Lift is the number one factor when we look at expected performance. When lift approaches 15-ft we begin to see a marked reduction in a pump's rated performance...so we tell folks to go and draft from the bridge using 6-inch ... (Full Story & Photos)

Before this type of dry fire hydrant can be designed and installed, a thorough assessment of the bridge and stream must be completed.
Before this type of dry fire hydrant can be designed and installed, a thorough assessment of the bridge and stream must be completed.

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A simple set-up to allow for quick loading using 5-inch LDH and to allow for quick dumping using the swiveling dump chute.
A simple set-up to allow for quick loading using 5-inch LDH and to allow for quick dumping using the swiveling dump chute.

What's on Your Tanker #07? - Texas

President Mark Davis, April 20

During our February seminar in Austin County, Texas we came across a 2,000-gallon tanker from the Pattison Area VFD. We always like to look at the working end of a tanker and Tanker 2's is pretty simple. The tanker is outfitted to fill using 5-inch LDH ...and a short section of hose is carried right there for quick set-up! The swiveling dump chute is an economical way to go to achieve side and ... (Full Story & Photos)

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