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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 41 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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What's on Your Tanker? #31 - Sundown Tanker 25 (Texas)

President Mark Davis, May 12

During our seminar in Levelland, Texas last month we got to use a large, tractor-trailer style tanker (tender) during the seminar's 2-hr water supply drill. Folks from the Sundown FD brought their 7,000 gal tractor trailer tanker to class on Sunday and we worked on how best to utilize the rig's water at the dumpsite. The tanker is equipped with two, 200 gpm pumps so its pump-off ability is somewhat ... (Full Story & Photos)

Sundown Tanker 25 - 7,000 gallons of water.
Sundown Tanker 25 - 7,000 gallons of water.

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Crews hauled water for 2 hours using one fill site, five tankers, and were able to maintain an 800 gpm flow.
Crews hauled water for 2 hours using one fill site, five tankers, and were able to maintain an 800 gpm flow.

Hauling Water - Maine Style!

President Mark Davis, May 05

On May 1, 2022, folks from Goodwin Mills Fire Rescue other surrounding departments in York County, Maine participated in a 2-hr water supply drill where they were able to achieve and maintain an 800 gpm flow using 2 engines, 5 tankers, and one fill site. The drill culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored by the Forest Stewards Guild and York County Fire and EMS. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - New York Style! - Again

President Mark Davis, April 28

On April 24th, units from the Sennett and surrounding fire departments participated in a 2-hr rural water supply drill where they worked to haul water uninterrupted using only tankers. The drill culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored by the Sennett and Owasco Fire Departments. Participants spent all day Saturday and the first half of Sunday reviewing the best ... (Full Story & Photos)

The 3-dump tank set-up supported a 1750 gpm flow using Weedsport Rescue Pumper 1 (1750 gpm) as the draft pumper.
The 3-dump tank set-up supported a 1750 gpm flow using Weedsport Rescue Pumper 1 (1750 gpm) as the draft pumper.

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Crews work to build out a second jet siphon device in order to improve water transfer rates.
Crews work to build out a second jet siphon device in order to improve water transfer rates.

Hauling Water - North Florida Style!

President Mark Davis, April 14

On April 5th and 6th we delivered our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar for Wakulla County (Florida) Fire Rescue. This was our first training program delivered in Florida making it our 41st State! The folks spent the two days reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers and the how best to utilize their own apparatus given their staffing and response policies. The seminar ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - West Texas Style!

President Mark Davis, April 07

Last weekend we had the pleasure of delivering our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar for the Levelland Fire Department. More than 40 folks from the Levelland and surrounding areas spent the weekend learning the best practices of hauling water with tankers and refining their water supply delivery skills. The two-hour drill culminated the seminar on Sunday afternoon. A peak flow of 800 gpm ... (Full Story & Photos)

Attendees practice the single-lane dump tank arrangement.
Attendees practice the single-lane dump tank arrangement.

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1,102 gpm achieved during the performance installation flow test.
1,102 gpm achieved during the performance installation flow test.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design #48 - Gorsuch Road - Carroll County, Maryland

President Mark Davis, March 24

This morning we completed a performance flow test on our new bridge-mount dry fire hydrant installation in Carroll County, MD. The installation was funded by the County's Department of Public Safety and included the design and installation of our angle-mount system on a bridge over the North Branch of the Patapsco River just outside the City of Westminster. The river provides an abundance of water ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Tanker? #30 - New Vineyard, Maine - Tanker 1 (The Old One)

President Mark Davis, March 17

Looking through some photos from our 2008 rural water supply seminar in Franklin County, Maine we found some good one's of New Vineyard's old Tanker 1 (2300 gal)....a repurposed fuel truck. These type of tankers were not uncommon 20 years ago as departments worked to manage their own water hauling needs....these were often managed locally. Today, we see fewer and fewer of the "repurposed" rigs on ... (Full Story & Photos)

Ready to dump!
Ready to dump!

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Don't throw away those "pony" suction hoses....they can add maybe 250 gpm to your intake ability at draft.
Don't throw away those "pony" suction hoses....they can add maybe 250 gpm to your intake ability at draft.

Suction Hose - #11 - Use All That You Can

President Mark Davis, March 10

A couple photos from our 2017 rural water supply seminar in Austin County, Texas. The dump site pumper...Bellville Engine 6....used three suction lines in order to maximize water intake. Some of the suction hose had to be gathered from other units as they arrived on the scene, but in the end, two sixes and a 3-inch were used. Nice work....always try to get as much water into your pumper....especially ... (Full Story & Photos)

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