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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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Big Water Rig - Easton, Maryland

President Mark Davis, April 18

The Easton VFD (Maryland) operates a 6,000-gallon tanker known as "Flash Flood". Tanker 61 is a 2002, 4-Guys finished product: the tractor is a 2002 Peterbilt and the stainless steel tank was built by Brenner. The rig is equipped with a 1250 gpm Hale fire pump which is powered by a diesel motor; the tanker also has a diesel powered generator. The tanker's primary mission is to serve as a nurse ... (Full Story & Photos)

Tanker 61 (6000 gal) operates as a nurse tanker during a 2-hr water supply drill where flow was never once interrupted and peaked at 1760 gpm.
Tanker 61 (6000 gal) operates as a nurse tanker during a 2-hr water supply drill where flow was never once interrupted and peaked at 1760 gpm.

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A sustained of flow of 1,760 gpm resulted in folks being awarded membership in the GBW 1000 GPM Club!
A sustained of flow of 1,760 gpm resulted in folks being awarded membership in the GBW 1000 GPM Club!

Hauling Water - 1760 gpm on Maryland's Eastern Shore Produces A New Member of the 1,000 GPM Club!

President Mark Davis, April 11

On April 7th, folks from the Queen Anne-Hillsboro VFC and throughout the Talbot, Caroline, and Queen Anne's Counties area spent the afternoon hauling water for 2-hours uninterrupted as part of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The drill culminated the weekend which was spent reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers. Five engines, ten tankers, and two brush trucks ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design 23 - Fixed Pipe Installation - Annapolis, MD

President Mark Davis, April 04

Last week we completed the installation of a fixed-pipe dry fire hydrant in a small marina near Annapolis, Maryland. The installation was funded by a local homeowners' association with the intent of providing FD access to fire protection water for a neighborhood with no municipal water system. The installation provided a couple of challenges: a tidal water source and a concern for boat traffic. ... (Full Story & Photos)

The final product...the suction head is positioned for a pumper to park on the access road and connect using one length of suction hose.
The final product...the suction head is positioned for a pumper to park on the access road and connect using one length of suction hose.

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3-inch cam lock fitting on 3-inch hose that has 2-1/2-inch couplings; a fast connection!
3-inch cam lock fitting on 3-inch hose that has 2-1/2-inch couplings; a fast connection!

Tanker Operations #17 - More About Cam lock Fittings on Fill Lines

President Mark Davis, March 28

During our recent seminar in Armore, Alabama we had the opportunity to once again examine the use of cam lock style fittings for speeding up tanker loading times. For folks that choose to load tankers using 2-1/2" or 3" threaded hose, one challenge that occurs is the time lost threading and unthreading the couplings. If it takes 2-minutes to load a tanker with water but almost 2 more minutes to make ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Fire Pumps #03 - Knowing the Parts of a Discharge

President Mark Davis, March 21

A good pump operator knows what is behind the pump panel...not just what is "on" the pump panel. As fire trucks gain in complexity, it becomes more difficult to figure out what "all that stuff is" behind the access panels. While in Alabama a few weeks ago we took the opportunity to peek behind an access panel and shoot a short video clip about a pump discharge. Knowing the "pieces" is important ... (Full Story & Photos)

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This 42,000-gallon above-ground tank is used to provide much needed fire protection water for an office complex in Hays County, Texas.
This 42,000-gallon above-ground tank is used to provide much needed fire protection water for an office complex in Hays County, Texas.

42,000-gallon Above-Ground Fire Protection Water Storage Tank - Texas

President Mark Davis, March 14

During our training seminar last month in Hays County, Texas we discovered this above-ground fire protection water storage tank at a large office/research complex. The 42,000-gallon tank was installed on the complex to help meet the fire protection water supply demands of the facility. With no municipal water system in the area, the tank is an important part of the fire protection plan for the facility. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Alabama Style With Poarch Creek Indians Fire Department

President Mark Davis, March 07

The weekend of March 2nd and 3rd took us to Escambia County, Alabama and the Poarch Creek Indians Fire Department where we delivered our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The program was sponsored by the Alabama Fire College and hosted by the local fire department. The weekend began with a 4-hr classroom session reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers. Saturday afternoon ... (Full Story & Photos)

Poarch Creek's 3,000-gal tanker offloads the first load of water.
Poarch Creek's 3,000-gal tanker offloads the first load of water.

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Working the "single-lane" dump tank arrangement.
Working the "single-lane" dump tank arrangement.

Hauling Water - Texas Style! - North Hays Co Fire Rescue

President Mark Davis, February 28

We spent last weekend in Hays County, Texas working with folks at North Hays County Fire Rescue to refine their water hauling skills. The department sponsored and hosted our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. Saturday began with a classroom review session on the best practices of hauling water with tenders. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were spent completing practical skill sessions ... (Full Story & Photos)

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