Following are 20 multiple-choice
questions. Select the best answer for each question.
Each question is also keyed to one or more of the six Job Tasks listed in the official test vendor's Study Aid.
There is a link to the correct answers following the last question.
Questions 1-6 are taken from Chandler, Fire Investigation, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
1. At every fire or explosion scene, fire investigators must:
A. develop an analysis plan.
p. 37; last para.
2. The US Constitution protects the public from unreasonable search and seizure. Public investigators can search a fire scene on private property to make a determination of fire cause based on:
A. it being good for the general
p. 162; para. 3
3. It is important for investigators to confirm a potential correlation between the clues and the actual proof of the fire cause. It is just as important for the investigator to:
A. prioritize the clues they
relate to cause.
p. 321; para. 4
4. Which of the following are key to the process of discovering the motives of a person who set a fire to exact revenge against a specific person?
A. Physical evidence.
p. 381; para. 6
5. It is only after a systematic search of the entire fire scene, using a scientific methodology, that a successful ______ can be tested to identify the area where the fire started.
p. 308; para. 3
6. The key difference between intentional fires in general, such as logs in a fireplace, and incendiary fires is the intent. The key component in the frame of mind of the person who sets an incendiary fire is:
p. 328; para. 2
Questions 7-12 are taken from Fire Investigator Principles and Practices to NFPA 921 and 1033, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
7. Which of the following is not one of the three basic causes of fire patterns?
p. 50; col. 1, para. 3
8. Fire can spread to other areas of the fire building because of fugitive fuel gas. These fires may appear to be separate fires, but in reality they are related to the release of this gas. This phenomenon often occurs when:
A. HVAC systems are in operation
after flashover has occurred.
p. 111; col. 1, para. 5
9. Unlike an administrative search warrant, a criminal search warrant is issued only upon:
A. the existence and submission
of corroborated evidence.
p. 140; col. 2, last para.
10. Video photography has become a useful tool in fire investigations. A big advantage of using video is:
A. it adds speed to the documentation
p. 202; col. 1, para. 3
11. The point of the heat and flame vector analysis is to illustrate graphically:
A. the investigator's interpretation
of the fire patterns.
p. 235; col. 2, para. 2
12. The first step in the investigation of a vehicle fire is to determine an area of fire origin. The examination of the vehicle should begin by noting and documenting:
A. damage to the passenger
p. 360; col. 2, para. 3
Questions 13-14 are taken from Holtz, Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing, 5th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
13. To develop the reliability of information imparted by the anonymous tip, officers must engage in two critical procedures: comprehensive detail development; and:
A. reliability assessment.
p. 33; para. 1
14. If a report or incident is complex,. it can result in structure problems in the report. As a general rule, to correct structure problems:
A. present your observations
in order of importance.
p. 67; #1
Questions 15-17 are taken from Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
15. Which of the following is cited as a characteristic of aluminum used in trusses and beams?
A. Heat can actually strengthen
the connection points.
p. 79; col. 1, Aluminum
16. The wood truss floor introduces a catastrophic new dimension into fire suppression in combustible buildings:
A. a truss void.
p. 204; col. 1, top
17. Which of the following statements about Ordinary Construction is correct?
A. As a general rule, there
is no effective fire separation within the ordinary construction building,
either from floor to floor or within floors.
p. 245; col. 2, para. 3
Questions 18-20 are taken from Inbau, Reid, Buckley and Jayne, Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, 5th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
18. In the early stage of a criminal investigation, frequently the available information is insufficient for an investigator to make even a tentative determination whether the suspect is guilty or innocent. Which of the following is considered to be the best approach for an investigator in an interview in the early stage of a criminal investigation?
A. Assumption of guilt.
p. 57; para. 3
19. At the outset of the interrogation, the guilty suspect is closely evaluating the investigator's confidence in his guilt. Consequently, the authors recommend:
A. the investigator avoid any
mention of guilt.
p. 192; bottom to p. 193
20. Once the theme has been introduced and the investigator starts to develop it, there are three primary objectives with respect to handling denials: anticipate denials before they are voiced; discourage weak denials from being voiced; and:
A. confront strong denials
p. 258; #'s 1, 2, 3
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