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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.

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A critical inventory item on any engine company.
A critical inventory item on any engine company.

What's on Your Engine Company #08 - Simple...but Important

President Mark Davis, November 25

Nothing fancy here....just a few spare gaskets....but they could be pretty darn important at some point in an operation. The engine shown in this photo serves both hydranted and non-hydranted areas and can be expected to draft at any time. Just a few extra gaskets can really help to "make or break" a drafting operation. For folks running storz connections be sure carry spare suction gaskets.... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Central Maryland Style!

President Mark Davis, November 18

On November 14, 2021 more than 50 folks from throughout Central Maryland gathered at the Winfield Community VFD to hone their skills hauling water during a 2-hr rural water supply drill. The drill culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which was sponsored and hosted by the Winfield Community VFD. Saturday morning the 13th was spent in the classroom reviewing the best practices ... (Full Story & Photos)

Winfield Engine 142 (1500 gpm QMax) uses triple suctions to draft and run the dump site.
Winfield Engine 142 (1500 gpm QMax) uses triple suctions to draft and run the dump site.

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A temporary head was installed and the system was flowed to insure that there were no other problems before a new head was installed.
A temporary head was installed and the system was flowed to insure that there were no other problems before a new head was installed.

Dry Fire Hydrant Repair & Maintenance #13 - Defective Head Replacement

President Mark Davis, November 11

We recently completed a dry fire hydrant suction head replacement project in Carroll County, MD. The local FD reported a seized suction head cap. We investigated the 4-1/2" brass fitting and found that it was in fact seized. Applying heat, penetrating solvents, and good old big-boy muscle power did nothing to budge the cap. So.... we cut off the head and replaced it with a new, 6-inch NST male suction ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Engine Company #07 - Simple Markings on Rear Fittings

President Mark Davis, November 04

During a recent dry hydrant installation we came across a pumper that had some simple markings on the rear intakes and discharges. The markings help whomever is connecting the hose to ensure that they are connecting to the right fitting. Initial water supply operations can be stressful times....any little thing that helps reduce the chance of error is a little thing that can really make a difference. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Keeping it simple with simple markings.
Keeping it simple with simple markings.

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A simple modification to make fill ops go faster.
A simple modification to make fill ops go faster.

What's on Your Tanker? #26 - Modified Fill Pipe - New York

President Mark Davis, October 28

During our recent seminar in Erie County, PA we came across an engine/tanker from Clymer, NY that had a modified rear direct fill line. While we did not have an opportunity to talk to the folks from Clymer, it looks like they modified the direct fill line so that the hose connection is lower than the original design location. Anything to speed up the filling operation will in the long run improve ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Water Supply Apparatus #5 - Hose Reel Pumper - Stottville, NY

President Mark Davis, October 21

During our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar earlier this month in Stockport, NY we came across Engine 50-22 from the Stottville Fire Department. The rig is a 2003 Ferrara equipped with a 2000 gpm Hale QMax pump, 750 gallons of water and a large hose reel that carries 2000 feet of 5-inch LDH. The pumper is well-equipped to operate as a water supply pumper whether from draft or from a pressurized ... (Full Story & Photos)

Engine 50-2 carries 2000 feet of 5-inch hose on a large reel.
Engine 50-2 carries 2000 feet of 5-inch hose on a large reel.

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A 3-dump tank operation was used to support the 1200 gpm flow.
A 3-dump tank operation was used to support the 1200 gpm flow.

Hauling Water - New York Style - A New Member of the 1,000 gpm Club!

President Mark Davis, October 14

On October 10th, more than 70 folks from the Columbia County region of New York got together to haul water with tankers during our 2-hr rural water supply drill. The event culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored by the Robert D. Plass Memorial Firematic Scholorship Fund and hosted by Stockport Volunteer Fire Co.1 in Stockport, NY. Eleven tankers and six engines ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - North Country Style!

President Mark Davis, October 07

On October 3rd, folks from throughout the lower half of Clinton County, New York gathered in Peru to practice their water hauling skills at our 2-hr rural water supply drill. The drill was the culmination of our 16- hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was co-sponsored by the Peru and Keeseville VFDs and hosted by the Peru VFD. Eight tankers and three engines were used to support a 750 gpm ... (Full Story & Photos)

Three dump tanks were used to support the 750 gpm flow.
Three dump tanks were used to support the 750 gpm flow.

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