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

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 10/22/2021

Water Supply Apparatus #5 - Hose Reel Pumper - Stottville, NY

During our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar earlier this month in Stockport, NY we came across Engine 50-2 from the Stottville Fire Department. The rig is a 2003 Ferrara equipped with a 2000 gpm Hale QMax pump and a large hose reel that carries 2000 feet of 5-inch LDH. The pumper is well-equipped to operate as a water supply pumper whether from draft or from a pressurized source. The rig was used as the dump site pumper during our 2-hr drill on Sunday. Reel trucks are few and far between these days so it was nice to see one and be able to share some photos.

https://www.gotbigwater.com/news/507/Water-Supply-Apparatus-5---Hose-Reel-Pumper---Stottville-NY

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Some interesting work done by our friends in northern Alberta. When you are trying to save a town from a wildfire....we like it!

10/18/2021

Hmmm.....what is it?

Hmmm.....what is it?

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 10/14/2021

Hauling Water - New York Style - A New Member of the 1,000 gpm Club!

On October 10th, more than 70 folks from the Columbia County region of New York got together to haul water with tankers during our 2-hr rural water supply drill. The event culminated our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar that was sponsored and hosted by Stockport Volunteer Fire Co.1 in Stockport, NY. Eleven tankers and six engines were used to support the large-scale drill. Four fill sites....two each at a pond and the Hudson River...were used to supply water for the tankers. Travel distances for the fill sites were about 3-miles and 4-miles roundtrip. Because water flow was never once interrupted during the 2-hr time period and the flow was greater than 1000 gpm during the last hour, participants earned our 1000 GPM Club status. A peak flow of 1200 gpm was sustained during the drill.

Instructors for the weekend Mark Davis and Tim Legore. Many thanks to the men and women of the Stockport VFC #1 and the Ladies Auxiliary for the excellent logistical support and the delicious breakfast and lunch food! A full summary of the event will be posted on our website in a few weeks.

Units: Stockport Engine 49-20 (1500 gpm), Stockport Tanker 49-32 (2000 gal), Stottville Engine 50-22 (2000 gpm), Stuyvesant Engine 52-13 (1250 gpm), Stuyvesant Tanker 52-32 (1800 gal), Stuyvesant Hills Engine 65-12 (1250 gpm), Stuyvesant Hills Tanker 65-32 (2000 gal), West Ghent Engine 57-20 (1500 gpm), West Ghent Engine 57-31 (2000 gpm), West Ghent Tanker 57-35 (3500 gal), Ghent Tanker 22-35 (3000 gal), Taghkanic Tanker 56-30 (2000 gpm), Valatie Tanker 55-30 (2000 gal), Claverack Tanker 12-32 (2000 gal), Niverville Tanker 45-35 (5000 gal), Livingston Tanker 83-35 (3550 gal), Kinderhook Engine 35-13 (1250 gpm), Ghent Engine 22-22 (1500 gpm), and South Schodack Tanker 34-9 (3750 gal)

https://www.gotbigwater.com/news/506/Hauling-Water---New-York-Style---A-New-Member-of-the-1000-gpm-Club

Part 4 - Rural Water Supply Drill - Stockport, NY - October 2021 - 1000 GPM Club 10/13/2021

Part 4 - Rural Water Supply Drill - Stockport, NY - October 2021 - 1000 GPM Club

A short video from our work last weekend in Stockport, NY. https://youtu.be/LhAEe7uX0PA

Part 4 - Rural Water Supply Drill - Stockport, NY - October 2021 - 1000 GPM Club In this last clip from the dump site we get to see the set-up at the 90-minute mark where flow has been at the 1000 gpm mark for about 40 minutes. Flow even...

Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 10/12/2021

A New Member of Our 1,000 GPM Club!

A few photos from our weekend seminar in Stockport, NY. More than 70 folks came together for two days of hauling water with tankers. Many thanks to the Stockport Volunteer Fire Co 1 for sponsoring and hosting event and for the excellent logistical support. Of special note was the great breakfasts and lunches served by the Ladies Auxiliary each day.

The 16-hr seminar started off with a morning session on Saturday to review the best practices of hauling water with tankers. The afternoon session brought skill sessions on dump site and fill site operations. Sunday started off with more dump site and fill site skill sessions. The weekend culminated with a 2-hour ISO tanker shuttle drill Sunday afternoon where eleven tankers and six engines were used to support a 1200 gpm flow using four fill sites.

On a special note, the efforts put forth during the 2-hour drill resulted in the group becoming a member in our 1,000 GPM Club. They had to start flow at the 5-minute mark, increase it to at least 500 gpm at the 15-minute mark, and then flow at least 1,000 gpm for the last hour of the drill....all without interruption. and they did just that.....with a sustained flow of 1200 gpm.

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2-Million! Wow!

Today, we reached 2-million visitors to our website www.gotbigwater.com. Never in our wildest dreams did we think when we started the website would we be so successful....it is a humbling moment. Many thanks to all the folks and fire departments who have helped us share our work along the way!

2-Million! Wow!

Today, we reached 2-million visitors to our website www.gotbigwater.com. Never in our wildest dreams did we think when we started the website would we be so successful....it is a humbling moment. Many thanks to all the folks and fire departments who have helped us share our work along the way!

10/09/2021

Getting it done in Stockport NY.

Getting it done in Stockport NY.

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Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 10/09/2021

An awesome sponsorship this weekend.

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Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 10/06/2021

A few photos from our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar this past weekend in Peru, NY. Kudos to everyone in the class who worked really hard through some inclement weather to haul water on Sunday. Eight tankers hauled water for 2 hrs over a 6.1-mile round trip using two fill sites. Many thanks to Chief Brian Westover and the folks at the Peru VFD for doing a great job of hosting the seminar.

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Tim Legore reviews best practices of running a fill site.

Tim Legore reviews best practices of running a fill site.

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Photos from GBW Associates LLC's post 10/02/2021

Peru graphics. Pretty sweet.

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[10/01/21]   We made it to Peru. Two days of hauling water about to happen.

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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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