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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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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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A very nice and functional upgrade of an older tanker's direct fill line. The new Fireman's Friend (4") valve is outfitted with a stainless steel S-pipe that allows the LDH fill connection to be located at about knee height for easy maneuvering of the hose coupling.
A very nice and functional upgrade of an older tanker's direct fill line. The new Fireman's Friend (4") valve is outfitted with a stainless steel S-pipe that allows the LDH fill connection to be located at about knee height for easy maneuvering of the hose coupling.

What's on Your Tanker #52 - Direct Fill Line Upgrade

President Mark Davis, April 25

The ability to load a tanker fast and get it back on the road to the dump site is really important. There are a bunch of "tricks" to being good at tanker loading operations. When using LDH to load tankers, it is best to try and keep those direct fill connections low to the ground so that the person making and breaking the connection doesn't have to fight lifting the hose. In these couple photos ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Hydrant Design #64 - Bridge-Mount Installation - Lake Silkworth, PA

President Mark Davis, April 19

This morning we completed another successful bridge-mount dry fire hydrant installation; this time in the Lake Silkworth area of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania on Marchakitus Road at Pikes Creek. The installation used our angle-mount design and an ETT suction head and stream strainer. The installation was funded by the Lake Silkworth VFD with pipe being supplied by Lehman Township. A flow test of ... (Full Story & Photos)

Engine 2 (1250 gpm) was able to produce an 1100 gpm+ flow from the new DFH installation.
Engine 2 (1250 gpm) was able to produce an 1100 gpm+ flow from the new DFH installation.

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The soft-sided dump chute seemed to work pretty well off-loading the 3200-gallons carried on this tanker.
The soft-sided dump chute seemed to work pretty well off-loading the 3200-gallons carried on this tanker.

What's on Your Tanker #51 - Soft-Side Dump Chutes

President Mark Davis, April 11

During our 2012 seminar in Amenia, New York we came across an interesting dump chute design on an older, 3200-gallon tanker out of the Stanford (NY) Fire District. The side dump chutes were soft-sided; made of "dump tank-like" material. We really have not seen another set-up like this; it worked pretty well and the rig did a great job of hauling water during the 2-hour drill. The design did not ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Engine #16 - Suction Elbow

President Mark Davis, April 04

The use of suction elbows on side suction inlets is gaining popularity in those areas of the country where folks depend on drafting to support their firefighting operations. Several manufacturers make a suction elbow and we certainly recommend suction elbow use...especially when using portable dump tanks positioned in front of...or to the rear of the pumper. For the two brands that we tested back ... (Full Story & Photos)

The suction elbow can make big a difference in performance when setting up portable dump tanks either to the front or rear of a pumper.
The suction elbow can make big a difference in performance when setting up portable dump tanks either to the front or rear of a pumper.

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