GBW Associates LLC

GBW Associates LLC

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Flowing big water out of a double 2.5 hydrant
A couple of photos from our 2015 seminar in Wentworth, NH. Twin, Kochek Holley Transfer Pipes in use moving water at a 3-dump tank operation. The worked just fine....only disadvantage is that the dump tanks need to be fairly close together. #gotbigwater
On April 15 in the early hour we were sent to a large pole shed fire. We ran 5 drop tanks and a engine pumping to an engine, a tender pumping to a engine. And running 6 tender shuttle. Same location as the large barn fire in January.
This is from a recent mutual aid we responded to. Our tower and engine on one set of ponds and another depts engine on a second set. Looking back we could have improved the layout between the engines and the Tower. What are the best practices for discharging 1500 GPM? In this case we were connected straight into the waterway on the Tower.
Several depts involved in the 16hr rural water supply class participated in this 16hr+ incident yesterday into early this morning
For our new friends at GBW we had a do over last night and you missed out, shockingly it is flammable liquids live fire day and more spring in Alberta
From a few years ago in Western new York.

In business for more than 15 years, we specialize in all aspects of fire protection water supply with emphasis on training, consulting, and design.

Operating as usual

05/14/2021

Getting ready

Getting ready

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 05/10/2021

This style of lightweight strainer on occasions manages to have the swivel pin loosen or break....generally from metal fatigue due to pin corrosion or corrosion of the ring that holds the pin in place. Check those pins carefully....strainer failure at the fire scene can be a problem.

Hauling Water - Alabama Style - Once Again! 05/05/2021

Hauling Water - Alabama Style - Once Again!

Our 9th water supply program delivered in Shelby County, AL. Their progress over the years has been tremendous and we use the First Battalion as an example of how small, rural departments can work more effectively as a mutual aid group. The First Battalion Tanker Task Force is an excellent example of this work.

Hauling Water - Alabama Style - Once Again! On May 2nd, units from Shelby County's First Battalion and surrounding departments participated in a 2-hr water supply drill where the First Battalion Tanker Task Force operated to provide water supply at a simulated emergency event. The drill culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Semin...

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 05/03/2021

A few photos from our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar this past weekend in Shelby County, Alabama. Many thanks to Shelby County EMA and the Alabama Fire College for sponsoring the seminar and the Calera FD for hosting us. We had a great weekend. Once again, the First Battalion Tanker Task Force folks displayed why they are so good at their craft. More photos and videos will soon be available on our website and YouTube channel.

05/02/2021

Debriefing. 1100 gpm ops with five tankers. Tim Legore reviews fill site ops.

Debriefing. 1100 gpm ops with five tankers. Tim Legore reviews fill site ops.

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Day 2 underway.

Day 2 underway.

05/01/2021

Some bubble action.

Some bubble action.

05/01/2021
Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 05/01/2021

Setting up drafting ops.

05/01/2021

Getting ready to get started in Shelby County Alabama.

Getting ready to get started in Shelby County Alabama.

05/01/2021
Photos from Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department's post 04/28/2021

A nice well-designed engine/tanker that has hauled a ton of water over its lifetime and has been well-maintained.

04/28/2021

Fishing must go on....

Fishing must go on....

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 04/20/2021

Some photos from our 2014 water supply consulting work in Elbert County, Georgia. They were working on a project that involved the possible conversion of these government surplus 5000-gal aircraft refuelers into usable FD tankers. Not sure how the final product turned out....but here are the "before" photos. While at first glance these rigs bring a lot a water to a fire....but there really are a number of "other" factors that come into play that drive the decision as to whether to convert to an airfield refueler into a safe FD tanker or not.

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 04/13/2021

Continuing on last week's theme, here is another "large" one from Oklahoma that we got to see in use at one of our seminars there. Broken Bow Tanker 2 - 5,000 gallons.

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 04/08/2021

There have been a few photos lately on social media of military surplus fuel trucks running as FD tankers...here is a 6,000-gallon one that we came across in McCurtain County, OK during our seminar there in 2018.

Photos from Marion County Fire District #3's post 04/02/2021

We posted pics of a few brush tankers from Marion County, KS a few weeks ago....they have been rather busy these last few days.

Fire Hydrant Operations #04 - Some More About Water Main Tuberculation 03/31/2021

Fire Hydrant Operations #04 - Some More About Water Main Tuberculation

The older our systems get the more this problem will become more evident.

Fire Hydrant Operations #04 - Some More About Water Main Tuberculation A fair amount of our work involves flow testing fire hydrant systems to determine or verify the amount of available water for fire protection. It is not uncommon for us to encounter lower available flows than expected due to tuburculation in the water main. Of course, this is exactly why fire hydran...

Fire Hydrants #02 - Signage Can Be Important 03/30/2021

Fire Hydrants #02 - Signage Can Be Important

Signs are important sometimes.

Fire Hydrants #02 - Signage Can Be Important Nothing fancy in this news story other than a sign can provide a wealth of information sometimes. We found this fire hydrant during one of our jaunts through New York. The hydrant is gravity fed from a nearby pond...which means the pumper driver needs to connect to the hydrant using hard suction hos...

03/29/2021

Today's "What is it?" and...."For what is it used?" Ready...set...go!

Today's "What is it?" and...."For what is it used?" Ready...set...go!

Water Supply Apparatus #4 - Attack Monitor Truck - Refinery Operations 03/28/2021

Water Supply Apparatus #4 - Attack Monitor Truck - Refinery Operations

Small truck....big capabilities.

Water Supply Apparatus #4 - Attack Monitor Truck - Refinery Operations For about 20 years we spent time along the Gulf Coast teaching pump operations to refinery fire brigade/fire department personnel. All of those settings are really where the

03/24/2021

Play along if you like....
What is different about these nozzles? What is the same?

Play along if you like....
What is different about these nozzles? What is the same?

03/20/2021

A simple tank level gauge.

A simple tank level gauge.

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 03/12/2021

Keeping with the "spring" fire season theme, here is another brush tanker from our 2010 seminar in Marion County, Kansas. The rig is Brush 2 from the Lincolnville FD. It carries 1200 gallons of water, a 3,000 gal dump tank, and is equipped with a 175 gpm pump and a small CAFS unit. Not sure if it is still in-service today....but it did a good job of hauling water at our drill.

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 03/01/2021

With the Spring prairie fire season about to be in full-effect here are some photos of a brush tanker from Marion County, Kansas. The photos are from our 2010 seminar in Marion, Kansas where we worked around the prairie fires to run a 2-day rural water supply seminar. Brush Tanker 3 carries 1700 gallons of water, a 175 gpm pump, and a 3000-gallon dump tank. Not sure if it still exists, but it was pretty darn durable in 2010...so it might still be running around in 2021.

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 02/24/2021

During our present day travels and work we general don't see many tankers that had lives before the FD. Here are a couple of photos from our 2008 seminar in Franklin County, Maine showing New Vineyard Tanker 1....a 2300-gallon rig that saw previous service as a fuel delivery truck. Not sure if it is still in service today, but it hauled some water during the 2-hr drill back in 2008.

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Dry Fire Hydrant Design #38 - Suction Head Choice

Suction head choice does matter some on a DFH.

gotbigwater.com We sometimes get asked about suction head choice on our bridge mount dry fire hydrants. In general, we prefer using a male suction head with polymer cap because the head is stored in a

Got Big Water

GBW Associates, LLC is a small, privately held fire protection training, consulting, design, and installation firm dedicated to water supplies for fire fighting. In business since 2003, our work has taken us to 40 States and 3 provinces and we have shared best practices in fire protection water supply with more than 6,000 students.

We are know best for our rural water supply training seminars, our bridge-mounted dry fire hydrant designs, and our water supply master planning services. All members of our staff are credentialed in their field of expertise.

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