Firefighter Math: Self-Paced Math Course


This self-paced math course refreshers firefighters' knowledge of basic math concepts and tools necessary for making math calculations in the field. Topics include calculating tank volumes and flow rates, determining pump pressure and friction loss, understanding maps and location coordinates, and estimating slope. Additionally, the course presents information on calculating flame length, flame height, midflame windspeed, and other variables related to wildland firefighting efforts.

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As you work through the content, especially in more advanced chapters, you might choose to click on the "Calculator" tab above to open a calculator to a separate window. The calculator can be a useful tool in following the examples and helping solve practice problems.

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