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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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Upcoming Seminars, Courses, and Drills

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We are now scheduling our Spring 2020 programs.  

 

 
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Hauling Water - Adirondack Style!

President Mark Davis, October 22

On Sunday, October 18th, more than 40 folks from 10+ fire departments gathered in the foothills of the Adirondacks in Old Forge, New York to haul water for two-hours using tankers. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar hosted by the Old Forge FD and sponsored by a number of local fire/rescue agencies. Although each day started off a bit chilly, everyone ... (Full Story & Photos)

Dumping 2000 gallons and getting ready to run for another load.
Dumping 2000 gallons and getting ready to run for another load.

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No Caption Larry W. Davis, Jr Inducted into the Class of 2021 Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders

President Mark Davis, October 15

We are incredibly proud to announce that Larry W. Davis, Jr was inducted into the National Fire Heritage Center's Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Class of 2021. Larry joins many other fire service greats in the Hall and we are very proud of all of the work that he did to advance water supply operations throughout North America. Larry's induction into the Class of 2021 is the culmination of ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - 1650 gpm on Maryland's Eastern Shore Produces Another Member of the 1,000 GPM Club!

President Mark Davis, October 08

On Sunday afternoon October 4th, 40 plus folks from throughout the Queen Annes County region of Maryland's Eastern Shore hauled water for 2-hours uninterrupted in Sudlersville. The drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar which was sponsored by the Queen Annes County Fire and EMS Commission and hosted by the Sudlersville VFC. The drill used a combination of nurse ... (Full Story & Photos)

A combination of nurse tanker operations and dump tank operations were used to support the peak flow of 1650 gpm at this 2-hr drill.
A combination of nurse tanker operations and dump tank operations were used to support the peak flow of 1650 gpm at this 2-hr drill.

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No Caption Hauling Water - Water Supply Task Force Style! - Upstate New York Again!

President Mark Davis, October 01

On September 27th, folks in Onondaga County, New York, spent the afternoon hauling water with tankers during a 2-hr rural water supply drill. The event was the culmination of our 16-hour Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar sponsored by the Lysander Public Safety Committee and hosted by the Baldwinsville Fire Department (Northwest Fire District). The seminar was our first one of 2020 due to the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Creativity in North Carolina: Overhead Tanker Fill

President Mark Davis, September 24

Thanks to Pat Boone, one of our website members for taking and sharing the photos shown in this story. We don't have many details about the tank but we have shown similar set-ups before. We do know that the tank is located at the Marshallberg fire station and it clearly looks like it is set-up to "top load" tankers. This tank looks to hold maybe in the 20,000 to 30,000 gallon range. Many of these ... (Full Story & Photos)

This "standpipe style" tank at the Marshallberg firehouse is set-up for over-the-top filling of water hauling rigs.
This "standpipe style" tank at the Marshallberg firehouse is set-up for over-the-top filling of water hauling rigs.

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Pre-connected fill lines equipped with cam lock fittings stand ready for quick deployment at a fill site.
Pre-connected fill lines equipped with cam lock fittings stand ready for quick deployment at a fill site.

What's on Your Tanker? #25 - Ready for Business in South Carolina

President Mark Davis, September 17

During our 2018 seminar in Oconee County, South Carolina we came across a nice looking and functional 3,000-gallon tanker operated by the Crossroads VFD. A quick look at the back of the tanker shows the rig is ready to go to work. The tanker is equipped with a 1,000 gpm pump and carries a 3,000 gpm dump tank. Twin, 2-1/2-inch pre-connected hose lines equipped with cam lock fittings are used as ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Repair & Maintenance #10 - Finding a Leak

President Mark Davis, September 10

A somewhat common problem that occurs with dry fire hydrants that use a metal adaptor on a PVC elbow is cracking of the plastic near the set screw holding the adaptor in place. This generally occurs when an over-zealous driver/operator beats on the suction hose fitting with a heavy-duty mallet thus causing the metal adaptor to try and move and then cracking the plastic at the set screw. The only ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Darlington Engine 913 drafts and flows 1200+gpm from the newly installed bridge mount DFH along Broad Creek.
Darlington Engine 913 drafts and flows 1200+gpm from the newly installed bridge mount DFH along Broad Creek.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design #33 - Bridge Mount Installation - Darlington, Maryland

President Mark Davis, September 03

On August 30th we completed the flow test on another one of our bridge mount dry fire hydrant installations in Harford County, Maryland. This one was located in the Darlington area on Robinson Mill Road at Broad Creek. The installation was funded by local government as part of the upgrade to a new bridge installation. We used our angle-mount design and an ETT suction head and stream strainer. The ... (Full Story & Photos)

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