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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 41 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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Water Supply Apparatus #6 - Engine 108 - Bedford, NY

President Mark Davis, August 11

During our July seminar in Patterson, New York we got to see and use a nicely equipped water supply pumper from the Bedford Fire Department. Engine 108 is a 2000 Gowens-Knight pumper equipped with a Hale 1500 gpm front mount pump and a Trident Automatic Air Primer. The rig carries 5,100 feet of 5-inch hose, 300-gallons of water, 40+ feet of suction hose, and a wide variety of water supply-related ... (Full Story & Photos)

Bedford FD's Engine 108 is a specialized water supply piece equipped with a 1500 gpm front-mount and 5100-ft of 5-inch LDH.
Bedford FD's Engine 108 is a specialized water supply piece equipped with a 1500 gpm front-mount and 5100-ft of 5-inch LDH.

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A peak flow of 1300 gpm was attained using three, 3000-gallon dump tanks.
A peak flow of 1300 gpm was attained using three, 3000-gallon dump tanks.

Hauling Water - Patterson, New York Style!

President Mark Davis, August 04

On Sunday, July 31st more than 45 participants from the Patterson (NY) Fire Department and surrounding areas spent their afternoon refining their water hauling skills. The 2-hour drill culminated our 16-hour Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by the Patterson Fire Department No 1. The weekend began Saturday morning with a classroom session on reviewing the best practices ... (Full Story & Photos)

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What's on Your Tanker? #35 - Brush Tanker - West Carlisle, TX

President Mark Davis, July 21

Here are a couple of photos of Tanker 1 from the West Carlisle FD which is located just outside of Lubbock, Texas. That area of Texas experiences quite a bit of grass and wildland fire duty and most every department has some type of wildland rig to support fire attack and water supply operations. Tanker 1 is equipped with a 200 gpm pump, carries 1500 gallons of water and a 1500-gallon dump tank. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Tanker 1 is set up to support wildland fires as well as structure fires.
Tanker 1 is set up to support wildland fires as well as structure fires.

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Four SCBA cylinders provide the air supply for this CAFS-equipped UTV.
Four SCBA cylinders provide the air supply for this CAFS-equipped UTV.

Wildland Apparatus #02 - UTV with CAFS - Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire District, Alabama

President Mark Davis, July 14

Here is another UTV equipped with CAFS that we came across during one of our water supply seminars back in 2010. This one belonged to the Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire District in Alabama. Mounted on a Kubota UTV, this CAFS unit used four, SCBA cylinders as the air supply for the foam making system. We don't remember who built the system but the Pine Mountain folks liked it and found it simple to ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Wildland Apparatus #01 - UTV with CAFS - Levelland, Texas

President Mark Davis, July 07

While most of our water supply training work involves the use of large capacity water haulers and fire pumps, we occasionally come across other unique vehicles that make you take a pause to look. We might not use it in our seminar but certainly the local fire department uses it for special applications. During our recent seminar in Levelland, Texas we came across a Kubota UTV equipped with a small, ... (Full Story & Photos)

A small, but simple CAFS unit on an UTV.
A small, but simple CAFS unit on an UTV.

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Rear dumping operation with the jet dump engaged.  A big difference!
Rear dumping operation with the jet dump engaged. A big difference!

What's on Your Tanker? #34 - Jet Dumps

President Mark Davis, June 30

We don't encounter the "jet dump" very often anymore on engine/tankers but at one time there were fairly popular. The proliferation of the Newton 10-inch square dump valve really changed "the game" as they say in the world of dumping water with tankers. What we have encountered on at least three occasions over the last decade are fire departments taking possession of a "used" engine/tanker and ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #49 - Keeping Out Livestock - Letting in the FD

President Mark Davis, June 23

During our 2013 water supply study in Codorus Township, Pennsylvania, we encountered a dry fire hydrant supplied by a stock pond on a local horse farm. The installation used a removable pasture board fence to allow the fire department access to the suction head while at the same time protecting the suction head from the livestock. The system worked really well....of course it is dependent on fence ... (Full Story & Photos)

A simple means by which to protect the suction head from livestock while still providing FD access and keeping fence aesthetics.
A simple means by which to protect the suction head from livestock while still providing FD access and keeping fence aesthetics.

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A rear dump chute retrofit to a swivel-style dump chute.  "Finished" height is important.
A rear dump chute retrofit to a swivel-style dump chute. "Finished" height is important.

What's on Your Tanker? #33 - Granby Center 1051 (New York)

President Mark Davis, June 16

During our April 2022 seminar in Sennett, NY we got to see a number of tankers in operation..including Granby Center's Tanker 1051. The 2200-gallon tanker is an older rig that has seen plenty of service as a water hauler. The folks at Granby Center upgraded the tanker's rear dump with a swivel kit so that the tanker could also side dump. As we have noted a bunch in our discussion forum, it is very ... (Full Story & Photos)

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