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12-11-2005, 02:19 PM #1
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- Cleveland, Ohio
50 Question Entry Level Practice Exam
12-31-2005, 08:07 AM #2
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- Cleveland, Ohio
Below is the first ten questions on the exam. Good luck !!
Use the information below to answer questions 1, 2 and 3:
At 3:00 a.m., firefighters at House Number 9 were dispatched to respond to a fire involving two adjacent two-family homes numbered 136 A, 136 B, 137 A, and 137 B. When the firefighters arrived on the scene, both two-family homes were fully involved and some residents were standing outside. One of the residents, Mrs. Renner, came running up to Captain Keller, the commanding officer on the scene, to inform him about the status of the other residents. Mrs. Renner indicated that the occupants of 136 A, Mr. and Mrs. Spina and their daughter Helen, were on vacation. She was especially sure of this because the Spina's car was still gone. Mrs. Renner added that she, her husband and her son, Gary, had gotten out safely from 136 B. Mrs. Renner's son, Gary, informed the captain that he had gone around back to see if Mr. and Mrs. Simms, the elderly couple who lives alone in 137 A, had escaped through the back. Gary indicated that he could not see anyone and Mrs. Renner added that she hadn't seen the old couple either and was hoping they had already left town for their annual summer vacation. Finally, Mrs. Renner pointed to her neighbors from 137 B, Mr. and Mrs. Sloan, and indicated that they had gotten out safely and that they had no children in their home.
1.The following number of individuals normally reside in the homes on fire:
2.The address of the home that may still be occupied is:
3.The person who had gone around back to check for the elderly couple was:
A)Mrs. Spina's daughter
B)Mrs. Renner's son
C)Mrs. Renner's husband
Use the information below to answer questions 4-6:
At the scene of a fire, crews attempting to perform a rescue should have every kind of protection available. The primary type of protective equipment is a hoseline with an adequate supply of water. The advantages of a fire stream are its effect in the control of fire in the rescue area and its cooling effect. The force of a water spray will also help ventilate the structure. This will help to provide cool fresh air, which will assist the victims as well as the rescue crew.
Another advantage of taking in a hoseline is that the hose automatically marks an escape route. If the conditions in the structure worsen, smoke may decrease most visibility. When this occurs, the hoseline will lead the rescue team out of the structure. Since searches for victims in the fire structure must be done quickly, the rescue crew may not be able to use hoselines in all cases. However, as the rescue continues, hoselines should be advanced to protect rescue workers and trapped victims. Fire streams may have to be used to knock down the fire and to protect victims.
At times it may be necessary to delay rescue in an area until a charged hoseline is ready to advance. The rescue crew must then enter the structure behind the protection of the fire stream. As the fire is controlled, the rescue crew can search each room.
To speed up the search of the more distant rooms, the rescue crew can leave the protection of the charged hoseline. Before this occurs, the rescue crew must tell the firefighter on the charged line of their actions.
Firefighters on the fire floor must keep in mind the presence of other rescue crews on the floors above the fire. If it appears that the fire streams will be unable to hold the fire, instant warning must be given to the crews above the fire. Steps should be taken to provide escape by ladder. An effort should also be made to place fire streams between the fire and the exposed rescue crews.
Caution must be exercised when stretching hoselines to keep them from blocking any rescue attempts. The one exception to this would be where the fire stream is required to protect the occupants' escape. When many persons have to get out of a building, rescue plans must be considered in the placement of equipment. This includes the stretching of hoselines.
While hoselines are designed as an extinguishment device, it is clear they are very effective in the rescue process. Firefighters must use the hoselines to assist them in all rescue operations for their safety and the safety of the trapped victims.
4.Firefighters must exercise extreme caution when stretching hoselines to keep them from blocking any rescue attempts. The one exception to this would be:
A)when a fire stream is used to cover a nearby exposure
B)the fire floor is fully engulfed in flames
C)when a fire stream is required to protect occupants' escape
D)when salvage operations have begun
5.You are on Engine 17 and have taken a hoseline into the second story of a three-story building. Engine 22 has proceeded to the third floor and is attacking the fire that is spreading upward. While fighting the fire on the second floor, you realize that extinguishment operations are going to be difficult if not impossible and it appears that the fire is stretching above to the third floor. Which of the following would be the correct procedure?
A)order additional help into the second floor area to alleviate the situation
B)give a warning to the members of Engine 22 above you that the fire has spread into the third floor area
C)withdraw your crew members immediately and escape by ladder
D)limit the amount of rescue and ventilation operations
6.According to the passage:
A)Crews attempting to perform rescue should have every type of protection available. The primary type of protective equipment is an operating air mask.
B)During rescue operations, firefighters for their own safety and that of trapped victims can call on the assistance of hoselines to provide them with direction.
C)An uncharged hoseline with a water spray will help ventilate a structure allowing for additional assistance in rescuing the victims.
D)decrease the amount of hoseline stretched into the area while increasing horizontal ventilation
Use the information below to answer questions 7-10:
In investigating an explosion it must first be determined whether a diffuse or a concentrated explosion has occurred. Diffuse explosions occur as a result of the ignition of natural gas, vapor from volatile liquids, or dust in an enclosed area. Thus, many diffuse explosions occur accidentally. In most cases, a diffuse explosion will create no crater or discoloration. It may or may not be followed by a fire, depending on the conditions at the time of ignition. In a diffuse explosion, the nature of the exploding material may often be determined by examination of the structure. If the explosion was caused by vapors which are lighter than air, such as natural gas, the explosion will tend to push out the walls of the structure near the top causing the ceiling to collapse. An explosion of vapors which are heavier than air, such as gasoline or kerosene, will tend to push out the walls near the bottom.
In a concentrated explosion there is a secondary force following the explosion, known as return force, or implosion. Frequently the explosion merely weakens the structure and the implosion causes it to collapse. High order concentrated explosions result from dynamite, TNT, and similar materials. This type of explosion is distinguished by local shattering and the presence of a crater. When craters are found, all crater materials should be collected, sealed and forwarded to the laboratory for examination. In low order concentrated explosions from such materials as black powder, an investigator should be able to find some unburned explosive that was bl*wn outward from the center of the blast. Fragments of the container or the ignition device may also be found embedded in objects along the leading edge of the explosive force. In investigating all explosions, it is important to provide a careful sketch and photographs of the entire area; and to preserve all evidence from deterioration, change or modification.
7.Which of the following explosions is most likely to be accidental?
A)an explosion where the base of the walls of a structure is bl*wn outward
B)an explosion in which there is considerable shattering of objects
C)when there is considerable structural evidence of implosion effects
D)when a crater area of special damage is found
8.An explosion in a small warehouse resulted in the ceiling's collapsing. If no crater is observed, which of the following would be the most probably cause of the explosion?
A)arson caused by gasoline spread evenly on walls and floor
B)a leak in the gas main to the heating system
C)a homemade bomb constructed of lead pipe and black powder
D)several sticks of dynamite or plastic explosive placed in the center of the room
E)spontaneous combustion from kerosene soaked rags in a metal container
9.After an explosion in the living room of a residential home, a couch and the floor beneath it are found to be severely damaged. While the windows are bl*wn out and one of the walls slightly caved in, most of the furniture in the room is only moderately damaged. These circumstances suggest that the damage was caused by:
A)a high order concentrated explosion from some material such as dynamite
B)a diffuse explosion resulting from the ignition of a volatile liquid
C)a low order concentrated explosion, probably from a homemade bomb
D)a gas leak in the basement
E)gasoline on the couch
10.Which one of the following statements is implied by the passage?
A)diffuse explosions are less likely to result in a fire than concentrated explosions
B)the results of an implosion are more likely to be visible on the structure than the primary force of a concentrated explosion
C)crater material is likely to be the most valuable evidence in a low order concentrated explosion
D)explosions involving high degrees of local shattering are not likely to produce much evidence concerning the explosive device used
1. C 10
2. C 137A
3. B Mrs. Renner's son
4. C When a fire stream is required to protect occupants' escape.
5. B Give a warning to the members of Engine 22 above you that the fire has spread into the third floor area.
6. B During rescue operations, firefighters for their own safety and that of trapped victims can call on the assistance of hoselines to provide them with direction.
7. A An explosion where the base of the walls of a structure is bl*wn outward.
8. B A leak in the gas main to the heating system.
9. A A high order concentrated explosion from some material such as dynamite.
10. B The results of an implosion are more likely to be visible on the structure than the primary force of a concentrated explosion.
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01-09-2006, 12:51 PM #3
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Free 50 Question Practice Firefighter Exam - Questions 11-20
Lt. Banks is giving a lecture on the proper procedure when cutting a hole in a roof to provide adequate ventilation. He would like to include the statements listed below in his lecture. These statements have not been listed in the correct order.
1)The hole should be located between the joists or rafters. Thus the joists or rafters should never be cut, as they are the main support for the roof.
2)Locate the joists by sounding with the axe and noting the area that is solid. A solid sound will denote the location of the joist.
3)Upon identifying wood sheathing, the firefighter may begin cutting with the fire axe. The axe should not be swung as a wood cutter would use it, but with short quick strokes.
4)Once the joists are located, an adequate size hole at least 4 feet should be marked on the roof with the pick head. The roof covering tar paper should be removed before proceeding with the cutting procedure.
11.The above procedure should be performed in which of the following order?
A)1, 2, 3, 4
B)2, 1, 3, 4
C)1, 2, 4, 3
D)2, 1, 4, 3
Lieutenant Pender made the following comments when discussing bends, knots, and hitches in rope:
1)The bends that a rope undergoes in the formation of a knot or hitch are of three kinds: the bight, loop, and round turn.
2)Knots and hitches are formed by combining these elements in different ways so that the tight part of the rope bears on the free end to hold it in place.
3)The bight is formed by simply bending the rope, keeping the sides parallel; the loop is made by crossing the sides of a bight; the round turn consists of the further bending of one side of a loop.
4)Knots weaken a rope because the rope is bent in order to form the knot and the outside fibers take most of the strain at the bend.
5)The knot that weakens the rope the least is one requiring the least abrupt bending.
12.Lieutenant Pender's discussion would be most effective if the above comments were presented in the following order?
A)1, 2, 3, 5, 4
B)5, 4, 2, 1, 3
C)3, 1, 4, 5, 2
D)4, 5, 1, 3, 2
Lieutenant Arthurs has prepared the following comments to stress the increased importance of respiratory protection to firefighters:
1.Such is not the case in our technological world of today.
2.When homes were built of wood and contained furnishings of ordinary combustibles they produced fewer toxic products of combustion.
3.It has been well documented that most fire deaths occur from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, rather than actual contact with fire.
4.The need for respiratory protection in the fire service has increased greatly over the years.
5.These gases, though still unhealthy, were not lethal in small quantities.
6.Plastics, synthetic materials, pesticides, and other hazardous products can be found everywhere.
13.The above comments could be made most effectively if they were presented in the following order.
A)3, 6, 1, 2, 5, 4
B)2, 5, 6, 1, 4, 3
C)4, 2, 5, 1, 6, 3
D)6, 3, 1, 4, 2, 5
During the night tour at Engine Company 500, eleven (11) alarms were received between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. The types of alarms and times of occurrences were as follows:
illegally opened hydrant
car fire in an abandoned car
garbage can fire
fire in a wood frame house
fire in a brownstone apartment
basement fire in a hospital
sprinkler malfunction in an all-night deli
food on the stove fire
14.Based on the list of alarms, which one of the following statements is correct?
A)False alarms occur most frequently in the early morning
B)Fires involving victims are most likely to occur in the early evening
C)Severe fires are most likely to occur in the early morning
D)Non-fire related alarms occur more frequently in the evening
Listed below are emergency steps for buildings filled with gas but not involved in fire. These steps are to be followed in this exact order.
1.Have dispatcher notify proper gas emergency crew.
2.Park fire vehicle well away from building; lay a line to handle fire following possible explosion.
3.Shut off gas outside at meter or curb valve.
4.Open windows and doors from outside to obtain ventilation.
5.Evacuate any endangered occupants.
6.Do not operate any electric switches inside the gas-involved area.
7.Use combustible gas indicators to determine when entry is safe.
8.Wear self-contained masks to trace source of escaping gas and shut off or plug (but do NOT then turn on gas to building - leave restoration of service to gas company employees.)
15.Firefighters have arrived on the scene of a building filled with natural gas. It has been reported by the occupants of the building that there is no fire. Firefighters have shut off the gas outside at meter or curb valve. They should next:
A)evacuate any endangered occupants
B)have dispatcher notify proper gas emergency crew
C)open windows and doors from outside to obtain ventilation
D)use combustible gas indicators to determine when entry is safe
16.Engine Company 29 has arrived on the scene of Southwest Elementary School. They have been informed that there is a gas leak within the building, but no report of fire. Firefighters have parked away from the building and laid a hand line for safety considerations. They have shut off the gas at the outside meter and have opened windows and doors from outside to obtain ventilation. All endangered occupants have been evacuated. Firefighters have also turned on electrical lights in the hallway to assist in the evacuation process. They then used combustible gas indicators to determine when re-entry is safe.
Which of the following listed below is correct concerning the gas emergency at the elementary school:
A)firefighters operated according to specified guidelines
B)firefighters did not open doors from outside to obtain ventilation
C)firefighters operated an electrical switch within the building
D)firefighters did not lay the proper amount of hose line as safety precautions require
Judgment, Human Relations, And Problem Solving
17.To maintain an enthusiastic attitude toward your required duties and your fellow firefighters, you should do which of the following?
A)totally immerse yourself in your job at all times
B)try to maintain an equal balance between your job as a firefighter and your home life
C)your job should be your first responsibility and your home life following as a close second
D)maintain a positive attitude toward your fellow firefighters and treat them as you would your family
18.Engine 17, Engine 22 and Squad 3 arrive at the scene of a one and one-half story dwelling located on a cul-de-sac in which fire is coming from the first floor. A neighbor approaches the officer and two firefighters concerning pertinent details about the fire. Which of the following would be the first question for the officer to ask the neighbor?
A)Where do you live and what is your address?
B)Is there anybody presently in the house?
C)Did you see anybody running from the house or do you know how the fire started?
D)How long have the occupants lived at this address?
19.Your officer has just received information from the Battalion Chief that a complete apparatus inventory will be needed within one hour. Normally, this procedure would take 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Which of the following would be the best way for you to accomplish this task on time?
A)immediately start the apparatus inventory since there is little time to complete it
B)ask others to assist you in the job so that you retain a coordinator's role in the task with little or no work involved on your part
C)first look over the inventory, organize it, and see what will be needed to accomplish the task within the given time frame
D)tell the officer it will be impossible for you to complete this task within the time frame presented to you
20.You have just reported for your shift at a fire station and are stowing your gear in your locker when you hear something in the bathroom. You enter the bathroom and call out, but there is no response. You proceed into the bathroom and observe Firefighter B slumped over the sink. There is a strong smell of alcohol. What should you do?
A)ignore Firefighter B and forget the whole thing
B)immediately take Firefighter B home without telling anyone
C)summon an officer
D)ask Firefighter B if he is all right, how much he had to drink, and how long ago
11. Answer is C.
1) The hole should be located between the joists or rafters. Thus the joists or rafters should never be cut, as they are the main support for the roof.
2) Locate the joists by sounding with the axe and noting the area that is solid. A solid sound will denote the location of the joist.
4) Once the joists are located, an adequate size hole at least 4 feet should be marked on the roof with the pick head. The roof covering tar paper should be removed before proceeding with the cutting procedure.
3) Upon identifying wood sheathing, the firefighter may begin cutting with the fire axe. The axe should not be swung as a wood cutter would use it, but with short quick strokes.
12. Answer is D.
4) Knots weaken a rope because the rope is bent in order to form the knot and the outside fibers take most of the strain at the bend.
5) The knot that weakens the rope the least is one requiring the least abrupt bending.
1) The bends that a rope undergoes in the formation of a knot or hitch are of three kinds: the bight, loop, and round turn.
3) The bight is formed by simply bending the rope, keeping the sides parallel; the loop is made by crossing the sides of a bight; the round turn consists of the further bending of one side of a loop.
2) Knots and hitches are formed by combining these elements in different ways so that the tight part of the rope bears on the free end to hold it in place.
13. Answer is C.
4) The need for respiratory protection in the fire service has increased greatly over the years.
2) When homes were built of wood and contained furnishings of ordinary combustibles they produced fewer toxic products of combustion.
5) These gases, though still unhealthy, were not lethal in small quantities.
1) Such is not the case in our technological world of today.
6) Plastics, synthetic materials, pesticides, and other hazardous products can be found everywhere.
3) It has been well documented that most fire deaths occur from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, rather than actual contact with fire.
14. C As stated in the types of alarms and times of occurrences chart, the severe fires were alarms #6, #7, and #8, all of which occurred in the early morning hours.
15. C After completing step #3 shutting off the gas outside at meter or curb valve firefighters would proceed to step #4 which involves opening windows and doors from outside to obtain ventilation.
16. C Of the choices listed, the correct statement concerning the gas emergency at the school is that firefighters operated an electrical switch within the building.
17. B By maintaining an equal balance between your job as a firefighter and your home life, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to enjoy life more, which will reflect in a positive manner in both your home and work lives.
18. B Firefighters number one concern arriving at a fire is the life safety of the occupants. Therefore, the most appropriate first question to be asked by the officer would be if there was anybody presently in the house.
19. C First look over the inventory, organize it, and see what will be needed to accomplish the task within the given time frame. Even though your time frame is shorter, your approach should first be to organize it in order to successfully complete the task within the time frame.
20. D Your first concern should be for Firefighter B's health. By asking first if he is all right, you are expressing that concern. Then you should proceed to ask him how much he had to drink and how long ago.
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