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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 42 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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This 6-inch Holley Transfer Pipe on Barkhamsted East FD's Tanker 2 is ready for rapid deployment.
This 6-inch Holley Transfer Pipe on Barkhamsted East FD's Tanker 2 is ready for rapid deployment.

What's On Your Tanker #54? - Holley Transfer Pipe Storage Ideas

President Mark Davis, June 20

Nothing fancy here...just some ideas on how to store a Holley Transfer Pipe on your rigs. Anything that can be done to get a water transfer system set-up as fast as possible is going to have a positive impact on water supply operations. We really like the pre-connected hose carried on Tanker 2. That device got deployed and placed in operation really fast during our 2-hour drill in Riverton that ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dump Site Operations #30 - Be Ready to Dump Multiples

President Mark Davis, June 13

Another simple but important message. When setting up a dump tank operation to flow in excess of 1000 gpm folks need to plan to build out the arrangement to accommodate several tankers dumping at the same time. While effective water transfer operations are probably the more critical item to "keep an eye on," the person in-charge of the dump site needs to also ensure that dumping operations are not ... (Full Story & Photos)

Dumping three at a time in Riverton, Connecticut.
Dumping three at a time in Riverton, Connecticut.

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Riverton Engine 4 (2000 gpm) used multiple suction lines to support the 1600 gpm flow plus supply three water transfer devices. The pumper pumped in excess of 2200 gpm at its peak.
Riverton Engine 4 (2000 gpm) used multiple suction lines to support the 1600 gpm flow plus supply three water transfer devices. The pumper pumped in excess of 2200 gpm at its peak.

Hauling Water - Connecticut Style! The Newest Member of Our 1000 GPM Club!

President Mark Davis, June 06

On June 2nd, around 50 folks from Riverton and the surrounding Litchfield County, Connecticut area participated in a 2-hour rural water supply drill. The drill culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored by the Winsted Area Chiefs and hosted by the Riverton VFD. All of Saturday day and Sunday morning were spent reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Hauling Water - Texas Style!

President Mark Davis, May 30

On May 24th, crews from District 7 Fire Rescue and surrounding Bexar County (Texas) fire departments participated in our 2-hr rural water supply drill. The drill culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by District 7 Fire Rescue. The drill used three engines and 8 tenders to support an 800 gpm peak flow using four dump tanks and two fill sites. Given ... (Full Story & Photos)

Engine 116 (1500 gpm) works to keep the 800 gpm flow moving.
Engine 116 (1500 gpm) works to keep the 800 gpm flow moving.

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Dumping and transferring water is what it is all about when running a large-scale tanker shuttle operation.
Dumping and transferring water is what it is all about when running a large-scale tanker shuttle operation.

Hauling Water - The Maine Way

President Mark Davis, May 23

On May 19th, a bunch of folks from Franklin County used two engines and six tankers to haul water during our 2-hour rural water supply drill. The drill culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored by the Franklin County Firemen's Association and hosted by the Strong Fire Department. The first half of the drill used a rural hitch operation to support the water flow ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's On Your Tanker #53 - Bringing the Goods

President Mark Davis, May 16

Tankers need to bring more stuff to the"game" than just water. We often use Union Fire Co Tanker 21 out of Oxford, PA as an example of a nicely designed tanker that brings some good stuff to a dump site. Besides its 3,000 gallons of water it can deliver twin, 3,000-gallon dump tanks, 40-ft of 6-inch suction hose, a top-performing low level strainer, a jet siphon, and some other often needed goodies. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Tanker 21 - brings more than water to the game.
Tanker 21 - brings more than water to the game.

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Crews worked hard with minimum staffing to support the 500+ gpm operation using 5 tenders and one fill site.
Crews worked hard with minimum staffing to support the 500+ gpm operation using 5 tenders and one fill site.

Hauling Water - Oregon Style!

President Mark Davis, May 09

On May 4, 2024, members and apparatus from the Lane Fire Authority and surrounding departments participated in a rural water supply tender shuttle operation as part of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored by Region 5 Training Association and hosted by the Lane Fire Authority. The goal was to establish and sustain at least a 500 gpm flow using the five tenders and one ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dump Site Operations #29 - Know Your Drains

President Mark Davis, May 02

A simple message really. Dump tank drains are generally designed to be stowed in a particular manner. It is best that you are familiar with how they are designed to be stowed. There are number of different methods of drain sleeve stowage attachments.....they can vary some between manufacturers....and even within the same brand over time. Be familiar with yours. Take a video of it for your members ... (Full Story & Photos)

Dump tank drains are only as good as how they were last stowed. Hence, know how yours are designed to be stowed.
Dump tank drains are only as good as how they were last stowed. Hence, know how yours are designed to be stowed.

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