Denver Fire Department
Lieutenant 2015
Sample Test

Following are 20 multiple-choice questions similar to those that will be used in the Allwrite-Testing Test Preparation Workshop for the 2015 Written Test for Lieutenant on the Denver Fire Department.

All questions in this sample test and in the practice test workshop are based on the source material in the Official Reading List for the Lieutenant's Examination. Answer each question based on the textbook or Guideline from which it was taken. Select the best answer for each question. Following each question, in bold face, is the source from which the question was taken.

The test preparation workshop for the Lieutenant's Examination will consist of three original practice tests. Two of the tests will be administered in class and one will be e-mailed to you.

Questions 1-8 are taken from Norman, Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, 4th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

1. Norman's Concept 04 states: When enough personnel are available to perform engine and ladder functions, they must:

A. focus on rescue.
B. locate, confine and extinguish the fire.
C. carry out a coordinated fire attack.
D. conduct a VES: Vent, Enter, Search.

p. 5; col. 2, Concept 04

2. Residences, be they single-family homes, garden apartments, apartment houses, or mobile homes, have three characteristics that play an important role when selecting hoselines. First is the need for speed; second is the relatively low fire loading; and third is:

A. the relatively high life hazard.
B. the use of lightweight building materials.
C. the presence of dividing walls or partitions between rooms.
D. the relative ease in ventilating the structure.

p. 61; para. 1

3. When distinguishing between venting for life and venting for fire, the key factor is:

A. the timing of the ventilation.
B. the location of the ventilation.
C. the location of the fire.
D. the location of occupants and firefighters within the structure.

p. 243; col. 1, para. 4

4. The most punishing "affairs" likely to occur in Class I multiple dwellings involve:

A. fire that is vented to the outside with the apartment door open and a stiff wind blowing into the apartment.
B. fire that has somehow entered a pressurized stairwell.
C. fire that enters the building's HVAC system.
D. fires that cannot be vented to the outside or via the building's HVAC system.

p. 394; col. 1, last para.

5. The key factor that allows us to operate within a strip mall with a steel-bar-joist roof is that:

A. the steel can be protected against failure by applying a hose stream.
B. the steel is noncombustible.
C. failure is not likely to occur within 20 minutes.
D. it's highly unlikely that more than one bar-joist will fail in a fire.

p. 419; col. 1

6. According to Norman, 1 and 2 World Trade Center Towers fell as a result of:

A. the impact of the jet planes.
B. the ignition of thousands of gallons of fuel.
C. the failure of spray-on fireproofing.
D. the burning of the contents of a "routine office building fire."

p. 440; col. 2, para. 1

7. The first priority on report of a gas leak should be to:

A. eliminate sources of ignition.
B. notify the utility.
C. search and ventilate.
D. locate the source and stop the flow.

p. 493; col. 1, para. 2

8. Maintain situational awareness is a response consideration when responding to bombings and explosives. This consists of: know who came in with you and who goes out; and:

A. be aware of security provisions.
B. know the nature and extent of the explosion.
C. know the scope of the human injuries and property damage.
D. watch the actions of bystanders.

p. 588; col. 1, para. 3

Questions 9-13 are taken from Sargent, From Buddy to Boss, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

9. To understand the essence of leadership, we must understand that there are two forms of leadership that are at work here:

A. proactive leadership and reactive leadership.
B. authoritarian leadership and democratic leadership.
C. vertical leadership and horizontal leadership.
D. organizational leadership and individual leadership.

p. 17; para. 5

10. Once established, core values provide the organization and its members with:

A. a reason for being - a vision.
B. criteria for success.
C. a decision-making tool to address all aspects of the job.
D. All of the above.

p. 63; para. 3

11. If you ask someone to name the characteristic traits of a leader, ______ is one item that always makes the top of the list.

A. selflessness
B. toughness
C. trust
D. self-confidence

p. 77; para. 4

12. Credibility as an officer is largely based on expertise, and that expertise is displayed in two ways. First, it's displayed in your actions that are required of your job. Second, it's displayed through:

A. how you train your personnel.
B. how you conduct yourself on a personal level.
C. your reputation.
D. openness and transparency.

p. 121; para. 3

13. Tactical decision making applies to:

A. all decisions in the fire service and other public safety professions.
B. those groups of tasks needed in order to accomplish the strategic objective.
C. the most basic level of decision making.
D. limiting the number of possible choices - prioritizing.

p. 216; para. 4

Questions 14-20 are taken from the DFD Packet of Study of Materials and are to be answered in accordance with these documents. (Note that for ease of reference the page numbers used here are those for the entire 577 page packet and not the individual directives, SOGs, etc.)

14. Which of the following occurs during Step 2 of the Grievance Procedure as described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement?

A. The grievance is submitted to the grievant's Division Chief.
B. The Fire Chief or his/her designated representative shall discuss the grievance with the aggrieved firefighter.
C. the grievant and/or the Union representative files an appeal with the City Mediation Office.
D. The Arbitration Board conducts a hearing of the grievance and renders a decision that is binding on the City and Union.

Collective Bargaining Agreement; p. 28, Step 2

15. Which of the following statements about Transfer Procedures is not correct?

A. A member may have a maximum of three transfer requests on file (with the exception of Right of First Refusal).
B. Transfers to Operations Division suppression assignments must be for a specific company and/or shift.
C. All transfer requests must be on file for 60 days prior to the next effective transfer date.
D. Once a member has accepted a transfer to DIA and attended any paid training, badging, or other preparation, certification procedures must be maintained and the transfer to DIA may not be withdrawn.

1008.00, Transfer Procedures; pp. 130-132, (II)(C)(E)(I)

16. In the event that a tactical channel change is made after incident operations have been initiated, consideration should be given to:

A. conducting a PAR.
B. Dispatch confirmation.
C. face-to-face confirmation.
D. All of the above.

2107.01, Incident Communications; p. 296, (I)(C)

17. The mission of Level II RIT Group/Branch is to first complete any Level I RIT duties that were unable to be performed by the initial RIT team, and then:

A. assume normal engine or truck company responsibilities.
B. progress toward extrication and rescue.
C. stabilize the victim.
D. ensure that adequate resources are available to accomplish rescue.

2110.01, RIT; p. 307, (RIT Responsibilities, #2)

18. The third-arriving engine at a residential fire operation (if not pre-assigned as the RIT company), should consider going to the rear of the fire building or going to work on the attack engine's Humat valve, if not already done. At a minimum, this third engine officer should be thinking of a second water supply or:

A. augmenting the water supply of the attack engine.
B. bringing a hose line to the second floor of the building, if needed.
C. supporting search and rescue operations.
D. standing-by at the a nearby hydrant.

2112.07, Engine Co. Operations at Single Family Dwellings; p. 387, para. 4

19. At commercial buildings with tilt-up concrete slab walls and lightweight construction roofs, engine officers must recognize the need for:

A. a relay of three or more engines.
B. an extended straight single line due to large setbacks.
C. immediate ground level master streams versus handlines.
D. an immediate request for a second alarm.

2112.09, Engine Co. Operations at Commercial Buildings; p. 393, (E) (Special Consideration)

20. The tactical assignments for the officer of the first-in truck company at a warehouse or big box store fire include all of the following except:

A. rig placement and assignment for second-in engine , truck or other responding apparatus.
B. establish an exterior command post and implement the incident command system.
C. request additional resources and make other assignments as necessary.
D. when relieved of command, rejoin the Engineer for interior search and rescue or further fireground operations.

2113.05, Truck Co. Operations at Warehouse and Big Box Stores; pp 419-420, (II)A)(2)(b)


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