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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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Upcoming Seminars, Courses, and Drills

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We are now scheduling our Spring 2022 programs.  

 

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The first load of water is dumped. An ETT Water Shark strainer was used in the primary dump and worked really well at accessing the capacity of the tank.
The first load of water is dumped. An ETT Water Shark strainer was used in the primary dump and worked really well at accessing the capacity of the tank.

Hauling Water - Pennsylvania Style - Again!

President Mark Davis, September 23

On September 18th and 19th, around 50 folks from throughout Erie County gathered at the Kuhl Hose Company in Greene Twp to hone their water hauling skills at our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The seminar was sponsored by the Erie County Firefighters Assn and was hosted by Kuhl Hose Co. Saturday morning was a classroom session focusing on the best practices of hauling water with tankers. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dump Site Operations #23 - More About Water Transfer Devices

President Mark Davis, September 16

Jet siphons are the most common means of transferring water between dump tanks during rural water supply operations. There a number of different types of jet siphon devices; the two most common are the thread-in style device and the combination low level strainer/jet siphon device. Both work just fine; but each has its own limitations. The thread-in type is easy to store but does not access as much ... (Full Story & Photos)

The two most common types of jet siphon water transfer devices.
The two most common types of jet siphon water transfer devices.

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No Caption What's on Your Engine Company #05 - Unimog - Iowa

President Mark Davis, September 09

During our July visit in Iowa we came across a Unimog being used as a brush rig at the Floyd FD. The locally fashioned rig carries 250 gallons of water, a small pump, and some hose and hand tools for fighting grass/brush fires. Historically, the Unimog has been used for many different applications throughout the world. We don't often see a "firefighting" application here in the United States.... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Engine Company #04 - Rear Mount Pump - Iowa

President Mark Davis, September 02

While in Iowa last month we got to see a 1250 gpm rear mount pumper in action at a tanker fill site. Built by Boise Mobile Equipment and operated by the Colwell VFD, the pumper did a nice job of operating from an "open relay" to load tankers. The days of new front mount pumps are pretty much gone....and we rarely see a rear mount pump out in the municipal world. Other than a main suction inlet ... (Full Story & Photos)

A 1250gpm BME rear mount pumper in action.
A 1250gpm BME rear mount pumper in action.

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Jet siphon tube stored for quick deployment.
Jet siphon tube stored for quick deployment.

What's on Your Tanker? #25 - Ready to Transfer Water - Iowa

President Mark Davis, August 26

While in Floyd County, Iowa a few weeks ago we got to see Nora Springs Tanker 464 (2000 gal) in action hauling water during our seminar. The folks at Nora Springs had a homemade jet siphon tube and carried it on the rear of their tanker for quick deployment. The device worked just fine and we like the fact that it was stored for quick deployment. Good work folks!... (Full Story & Photos)

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Southern Maryland Rural Water Supply Drill - May 2021

President Mark Davis and Member Joseph Guyther, August 19

On May 16, 2021 numerous departments from the Southern Maryland Region participated in a large-scale rural water supply drill. The event was conducted at the Joseph Sacco Firefighting School in Valley Lee, MD and was sanctioned by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association's Rural Water Supply Committee.

Fourteen fire companies and approximately 60 firefighters participated in the training exercises ... (Full Story & Photos)

Dump site operations at the 2021 Southern Maryland Rural Water Supply Drill.
Dump site operations at the 2021 Southern Maryland Rural Water Supply Drill.

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Alta Vista VFD Tanker 731 - 3000-gallons and 6x6 drive.
Alta Vista VFD Tanker 731 - 3000-gallons and 6x6 drive.

Tanker Design #11 - DOD Surplus Chassis Used to Build Iowa Tanker

President Mark Davis, August 12

During our seminar in Floyd, Iowa, a couple of weeks ago we got to see a "locally made" 3000 gal tanker in operation. The rig was owned and operated by the Alta Vista VFD and was built on a heavy-duty, DOD surplus truck chassis (2010 Freightliner M916A3). The tanker carries 3000 gallons of water and a 2500-gallon dump tank and has all-wheel drive capability....perfect for the harsh weather conditions ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Iowa Style

President Mark Davis, August 05

On August 1st, folks from around Floyd County, Iowa got together at the Floyd VFD to practice their water hauling skills. The 2-hr tanker shuttle drill was the culmination of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by the Floyd VFD. All day Saturday and Sunday morning the folks learned about and practiced dump site and fill site operations....using their own ... (Full Story & Photos)

Crews used a 3-dump tank single-lane arrangement to support the 1000 gpm operation.
Crews used a 3-dump tank single-lane arrangement to support the 1000 gpm operation.

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