Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indian Tanks and the Big Bang

The spring brush fire season, a particularly nasty one this year in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, brings thoughts to one of the most important of “Ryman’s Rules.” It’s actually not a rule—not part of the philosophy of managing firefighters. It is actually a theory or law of physics; something for the Big Bang boys to debate.

The theory or law goes like this: Water weight in an Indian Tank increases one pound per gallon for every year you are over forty.

For more years than I will admit, I have found this to be true, hence my long standing position, both physically and metaphorically, anywhere which does not include the necessity of wearing said Indian Tank.

Let the debate begin…..


  1. When I say "indian tank" in South Carolina, I get blank stares. I have for the 30 years I have been here. But of any tool in the fire service, no tool is more appropriate for use in SC than the Indian Tank, because we get a lot of barely accessible brush fires and a 2 1/2 gallon pressurized water extinguisher just doesn't cut it.