Each question of this sample test is based on one of the documents in the Official Book List for the Senior Captain's examination. Answer each question based on the text or document from which it was taken. Following each question, in bold face, is the page and paragraph or section from which the question was taken.
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Questions 1-4 are taken from Firefighting Strategies and Tactics, 3rd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
1. The five major functional areas of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) model (command, operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration) are designed to:
A. standardize operations.
p. 59; col. 1, para. 2
2. In Recognition-Primed Decision Making, the fireground commander makes a decision based on:
A. feedback from fire company
p. 87; col. 1, top
3. Many firefighters around the country have been killed and seriously injured when they became trapped in a fire's flow path. In the case of wind-impacted fire, the initial tactic may be to:
A. employ a defensive attack.
p. 199; col. 2, bottom to p. 200
4. The strip mall/strip center occupancy may require ______ for ventilation purposes and to stop or reduce the spread of fire.
A. a trench cut
p. 283; col. 2, para. 4
Questions 5-8 are taken from Fire and Emergency Services Administration, 2nd edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
5. Controlling is one of the management functions. The control process is made up of three steps. Which of the following is not one of these steps?
A. Measuring performance.
p. 35; col. 2, para. 3
6. Step 1 in creating change is to identify the need for change and create a sense of urgency. Step 2 is:
A. develop a vision.
p. 46; col. 2, #2
7. Acceptance of the new diversity of employees must be supported by:
A. minimum standards of job
p. 83; col. 1, para. 2
8. NFPA notes that fire departments should operate on the assumption that prevention of flashover requires a response in less than _____ minutes.
p. 103; col. 2, bottom
Questions 9-12 are taken from Principles of Fire Behavior and Combustion, 4th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
9. Study of the thermal conductivity of various common materials show that:
A. the thermal conductivity
of materials is independent of the ambient temperature.
p. 63; col. 1, 2nd Bullet
10. ISO 19706 defines a set of phenomenological stages of fire: Nonflaming; Well ventilated flaming; and:
A. Underventilated flaming.
p. 82; col. 2, #3
11. Once flame has progressed a short distance from the source, its rate of flame spread becomes independent of the ignition source, but is dependent on orientation of spread and:
A. degree of radiative preheating.
p. 143; col. 2, bottom to p. 144
12. For a fire in a building, the plume will impinge on the ceiling, unless the fire is very small or the ceiling is very high. When this happens, the hot gases make a 90-degree turn and spread out radially under the ceiling, forming a:
p. 214; col. 2, para. 5
Questions 13-15 are taken from Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th edition, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
13. In what stage of fire does it spread to adjacent combustible materials?
p. 113; col. 1, #2
14. Which of the following has the highest fire resistance rating?
A. Fire barriers.
p. 153; col. #1, bottom
15. The wood truss floor introduces a catastrophic new dimension into fire suppression in combustible buildings:
A. a truss void.
p. 204; col. 1, top
Questions 16-17 are taken from Evidence-Based Practices for Strategic and Tactical Firefighting and are to be answered in accordance with this text.
16. Research indicates all of the following except:
A. a typical room-and-contents
fire in a standard residential occupancy may use up available oxygen before
in reaches flashover.
p. 4; col. 2, paras. 1, 2; and p. 5, col. 1, para. 2
17. While we cannot always say that heat always rises or that fire gases will always move upwards, we can say that:
A. high pressure will always
move toward low pressure.
p. 6; col. 2, bottom to p. 7
Questions 18-20 are taken from HFD Guidelines and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.
18. The Fire Attack Group (second and third engines and first ladder) setting up for the fire attack in a high rise shall obtain information regarding fire and rescue priorities, fire location, and alarm panel indications from:
A. Lobby Control.
II-05, High Rise Firefighting; p. 30, 8.07 (E)(F)
19. Unified Command is used when there is more than one agency department with incident jurisdiction, and:
A. at all incidents.
II-06, Incident Management System, p. 7; 3.62
20. The first-arriving company officer at a Tunnel Rescue incident shall perform Scene preparation and:
A. Scene management.
II-10, Tunnel Rescue; p. 3, 6.01(A)(B)
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