Coos Forest Protective Association
Welcome to the CFPA - Explore and
Check out some of the activity links we have here for you. You can learn to operate a GPS, use a Compass,
read a Map,
make Weather Instruments, and more.
This page was designed for people of all ages to have fun and learn a little bit
about the job of a Wildland Firefighter.
Play the game - Wildfire
Live and experience what the professionals have to do to
contain a fire,
manage the firefighters, manage equipment, order resources,
water drops, all while the wind is blowing and your fire is
Experiment with this Wildfire Simulator
Experiment with this Forest Fire Simulator
Living with Fire (How would you
handle wildland fire?)
Make a Sling Psychrometer
Make a Complete Weather Station
View Current National Lightning
Make Lightning Strike
Map Current Weather Conditions
Oregon Web Cameras
These cameras work much the same as the cameras Coos Forest Protective Association uses for detection of fires.
Study the Wildland Firefighter Dictionary
Firefighters use a different language than you while on the job. The firefighter
learned and used by all firefighters. See if you can learn the firefighters
24 Hour Clock Time (Military Time)
Convert 12 Hour Clock to 24 Hour Time
See the Outfit of Firefighters
Firefighters by law and by regulation have to wear a special attire before they
go into the fire zone.
This outfit has been proven to be beneficial to the firefighters life.
View the Wildland Fire Apparatus
Firefighters have to have a special made vehicle to respond to the fires. These
to access many different type of terrain. Click on a photo to see
images of the trucks up close.
Fire Fighting Tools
how to operate a GPS
(Global Positioning System)
Firefighters use this tool to pinpoint the exact size of the fire, they walk the
of the fire and mark waypoints, the waypoints connect to form a shape and from
that shape we
calculate acres within the shape and this gives us the size of the fire.
Create a Map with GPS
Learn how to use
Firefighters use a compass to create a "triangulation" on a column of smoke in
the forest to pinpoint
the exact location of the column of smoke and to figure which direction a fire
Make a Compass
Latitude and Longitude
Firefighters use Latitude and Longitude to find the exact location of a fire,
but more importantly they
use Latitude and Longitude to relay to the pilot of aircraft to have a specific
location to drop water on a fire.
Improve Map Reading Skills
Firefighters use a variety of maps, they use topography (topo) maps,
orthoimagery (ortho) maps,
aerial maps, shaded relief map, street maps, to name a few. Every one of these
maps ties together,
however each map is read differently.
Learn how to Measure a Tree
Firefighters have learned through experience how to measure trees and to
determine the threat
of the "ladder fuels = forest litter, brush, small tree, timber within a fire
perimeter that allow a fire to
burn upwards" which can cause possible "crowning = a fire burning in tops of
leads to an extreme fire situation.
Learn To Identify Trees