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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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We are now scheduling our Spring 2022 programs.  

 

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

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)

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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)

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

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

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)

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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)

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

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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.

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)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #46 - Graceton Road - Whiteford, MD

President Mark Davis, July 15

Another one of our bridge-mount dry fire hydrant installations in Harford County, Maryland....this one in the Whiteford area on Graceton Road at Jacks Hole. The bridge was State owned and the new installation replaced a fixed-pipe installation that had silted over. This installation was completed in June 2021 and produced a flow of 1067 gpm during the performance installation flow test. Elevation ... (Full Story & Photos)

The performance flow test produced a 1,067 gpm flow with 13 feet of lift at 390 feet elevation.
The performance flow test produced a 1,067 gpm flow with 13 feet of lift at 390 feet elevation.

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Engine 713 drafts and produces a flow of 1106 gpm at idle speed.
Engine 713 drafts and produces a flow of 1106 gpm at idle speed.

Dry Fire Hydrant Design #44 - Furnace Road - Jarrettsville, MD

President Mark Davis, July 08

Here is another one of our bridge-mount dry fire hydrant installations that we completed last month in Harford County, Maryland. This one was located in the Jarrettsville area of the County on Furnace Road at the bridge over the West Branch of Winters Run. Lift at the bridge was about 11-feet with elevation around 510-feet. Jarrettsville Engine 713 (1500 gpm) produced a flow test of 1106 gpm with ... (Full Story & Photos)

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