Reading Comprehension - Practice Exam Part 3

May 7, 2007
Part 3 of a 3 part series of Reading Comprehension - Practice Exams.

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

21. A fracture is a broken bone. In a simple fracture, the skin is not broken. In a compound fracture, a broken end of the bone pierces the skin. Whenever a fracture is feared, the first thing to do is to prevent motion of the broken part. Suppose that a firefighter has just tripped on a stairway in the firehouse and twisted his ankle. He says it hurts badly, but you cannot tell what is wrong merely by looking at it. Of the following, the best action to take is to:
A) tell the firefighter to stand up and see whether he can walk
B) move the ankle gently to see whether you can feel any broken ends of the bone
C) tell the firefighter to rest a few minutes and promise to return later to see whether his condition has improved
D) tell the firefighter not to move his foot, and put in a call for medical assistance

22. Firefighters from Engine 24 and Ladder 20 have arrived on the scene of a multiple suite dwelling. Firefighters have been instructed by the battalion chief to initiate procedures for delaying spread of fire from one occupancy to the next. Which of the following is the best procedure to accomplish this task?
A) the doors between rooms should be closed as soon as possible to decrease the spread of fire
B) order hoselines into the occupancies on either side of the fire to limit the spread of fire
C) immediately open all windows within the occupancy to limit the spread of fire
D) stand by in a ready position, inasmuch as most occupancies have fire spread limitation controls to decrease the chance of ignition

23. Firefighters have just arrived on the scene of a three-car accident on Highway I-90. Which of the following would be the first action taken by firefighters?
A) check for any injuries to the occupants of cars involved in the accident
B) immediately call for three or more apparatus to block the flow of traffic so firefighters will not be endangered
C) stand by and direct traffic at the scene of the accident until police and ambulances arrive to treat the injured occupants
D) immediately contact the alarm office to inform the police department of the accident and ask for their immediate response to the scene

24. During overhaul procedures, firefighters often come across valuable items (including money and jewelry). You are overhauling a bedroom and notice one of your fellow firefighters taking what appears to be an expensive piece of jewelry and putting it in his pocket. Which of the following would be the most correct action to take?
A) immediately go to your supervisor and inform him of what your coworker has done, without first asking for an explanation by the coworker
B) ask your fellow firefighter to explain his actions
C) immediately tell the firefighter that what he has done is dishonest and goes against all professional and ethical firefighter standards
D) don't say anything to the firefighter unless you are approached by the firefighter concerning the incident.

Do not make rash judgments without seeing if there is a reason for the behavior. Additional pratice exams can be found Here. Good luck !!!!!!!!!!!

Answers 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. 21. D - Although you cannot tell what is wrong by looking at the ankle, you should take proper safety precautions and prevent motion of the ankle because of the possibility of a fracture. 22. A - Closing the doors between rooms will decrease the spread of the fire, allowing firefighters to concentrate on extinguishing the fire's point of origin. 23. A - Your immediate attention should be checking for injuries to the occupants of the cars. 24. B - Go up to your fellow firefighter and ask for an explanation of his behavior. Since 1950, Don McNea Fire School has prepared over 40,000 fire applicants with our entry level seminars and products. has over 250 pages of FREE information and career articles to help you reach your goal of becoming a firefighter.

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