Got Big Water

YouTube
YouTube Channel

Facebook
Facebook Page

Twitter
Twitter Page

Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar
Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar

Rural Pump Operators Course
Rural Pump Operators Course

Water Supply Officer Seminar
Water Supply Officer Seminar

Relay Pumping With Large Diameter Hose
Relay Pumping With Large Diameter Hose

Dry Fire Hydrant Designs and Installations
Dry Fire Hydrant Designs and Installations

Suction Strainer Flow Test Project:Test Results

Web Counters
Website Visitors
Since
June 22, 2009
1,373,329
Visitors Today
Oct 17, 2019
45



Official PayPal Seal

 

 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.

 Scroll down to see our recent activities, upcoming events, and website updates.

* * *

Be sure to join the Members Area to discuss water supply issues, view our document library, and receive announcement notices concerning our website and our services- it is FREE!

* * *


Upcoming Seminars, Courses, and Drills

Click on image to view flyer.

 

     
       
     

 
Wisconsin    

 
     
       
Divider
2-hr water supply drill is underway.
2-hr water supply drill is underway.

Hauling Water - Alabama Style!

President Mark Davis, October 10

On October 6th, folks from several departments in Montgomery County, Alabama spent the afternoon hauling water with tankers. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar sponsored and hosted by the Pike Road Fire Department. Saturday morning was spent reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were spent completing ... (Full Story & Photos)

Divider
Hauling Water - North Carolina Style!

President Mark Davis, October 03

On September 29th, more than 40 folks from the Catawba County region of North Carolina participated in a 2-hour water supply drill that was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operation Seminar that was sponsored by Catawba Valley Community College and hosted by Sherrills Ford -Terrell Fire & Rescue. Saturday morning was spent in the classroom reviewing the best practices of hauling water ... (Full Story & Photos)

Dumping and running.
Dumping and running.

Divider
Drafting through 100-ft of 6-inch suction hose, a Kochek suction head, 40-feet of 6-inch Sch 40 PVC pipe and a 6-inch horizontal barrel strainer produced a flow of 998 gpm. The lift was 4-ft.
Drafting through 100-ft of 6-inch suction hose, a Kochek suction head, 40-feet of 6-inch Sch 40 PVC pipe and a 6-inch horizontal barrel strainer produced a flow of 998 gpm. The lift was 4-ft.

Drafting Tip #18 - 100 feet of Suction Hose - 998 gpm

President Mark Davis, September 26

Back in 2012 we did some performance testing on the Trident Auto Prime. One of the tests involved drafting through 100-feet of 6-inch suction hose connected to a dry fire hydrant. Using Engine 142, a 1500 gpm QMax pumper from the Winfield Community VFD, a flow of 998 gpm was obtained...once again showing that lift is the "killer" in drafting operations....not the horizontal run of suction hose. Rural ... (Full Story & Photos)

Divider
Tanker Design #2 - Pivoting Dump Chutes

President Mark Davis, September 19

The pivoting dump chute has become quite popular as a means by which the NFPA 1901 dump requirements can be met and a means by which to retrofit older rear-dumping tankers so that they can also side dump. Most of the time there is no issue with the pivoting dump chutes...they work pretty well and meet the NFPA flow requirement. In our travels we get to see a good number of tankers and on occasions ... (Full Story & Photos)

This pivoting dump chute does not clear the 29-inch height of the dump tank.
This pivoting dump chute does not clear the 29-inch height of the dump tank.

Divider
For this size of fish to make it this far in the drafting process there are a couple of failures in the dry fire hydrant system...starting with the suction strainer.
For this size of fish to make it this far in the drafting process there are a couple of failures in the dry fire hydrant system...starting with the suction strainer.

Dry Fire Hydrant Repair & Maintenance #06 - Fish

President Mark Davis, September 12

One of our specialty areas includes the design, installation, and repair of dry fire hydrants. We often get called in to assess why a dry fire hydrant does not perform at its desired flow rate...or in some cases does not flow at all. In the vast majority of cases, a dry fire hydrant that once flowed but no longer flows has some type of obstruction... commonly sediment. Occasionally, we find fish ... (Full Story & Photos)

Divider
Ohio Flow Tests - Low Level Strainers

President Mark Davis and Member Lee Adams, September 05

Many thanks to Lee Adams (one of our website Members) for sharing the info presented in this News Story.

The Ohio Fire Chiefs' Water Supply Technical Advisory Committee (WSTAC) focuses on the need for better information and consistency in the fire protection water supply delivery process. The WSTAC is comprised of folks from all corners of the State who have an interest in fire department water supply ... (Full Story & Photos)

No Caption
Divider
No Caption Dump Site Operations #17 - Water Transfer Operations - Iowa

President Mark Davis, August 29

When using portable dump tanks for water supply operations, the ability to transfer water between tanks becomes very important as the fire flow demand increases. Traditionally, jet siphons are the most effective means of quickly moving water from one dump tank to another. Unfortunately, the flow performance of jet siphons varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. In the end, it really is about "How ... (Full Story & Photos)

Divider
Moving Water - Paraguay Style! (Moviendo Agua - Estilo Paraguayo)

Emanuel Martinez & Mark Davis, August 22

Firefighting knows no borders; everyone has to move water. GBW Associates, LLCs has website members from Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. We have some very close compadres in South America working to do what we do here in North America. Please enjoy this News Story presented by Instructor Emanuel Martinez from Fernando de la Mora in Paraguay!

Los hermanos Paraguayos, en la ciudad de ... (Full Story & Photos)

No Caption
Divider

 


Your questions and feedback are important to us!  If you have a question about water supply or pumps or FD stuff in general, join our Members area (for free) to post your inquiry. We will provide our thoughts and perhaps other folks in the field will provide theirs also. 

Also - be sure to sign the guest book if this is your first time here - guestbook.

 


Website Designed and Hosted By: Content Proudly Maintained By: Contact Info:
Firehouse Solutions
www.FirehouseSolutions.com
GBW Associates, LLC
3178 Cardinal Drive
Westminster, MD 21157

Emergency Dial 911
Phone: 443-398-6619
E-mail: thebigcamel@gotbigwater.com
Copyright © 2019 Firehouse Solutions (A Service of Technology Reflections, Inc.)